Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepgaelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: World: Europe
Front Page 
World 
Africa 
Americas 
Asia-Pacific 
Europe 
Middle East 
South Asia 
-----------
From Our Own Correspondent 
-----------
Letter From America 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Sport 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 
Friday, 26 November, 1999, 09:29 GMT
Chernobyl reactor starts up again



The only operational reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in Ukraine has been reopened after undergoing extensive repairs.

The reactor has been shut down for months, partly due to a lack of funding, and is working for the moment at only a fraction of its capacity.

Two other reactors are permanently out, and the fourth is encased in a steel-and-concrete sarcophagus, following the catastrophic meltdown thirteen years ago which spread a radioactive cloud over a large area of Europe.

The Ukrainian government says it is still waiting for a large amount of financial assistance from the West before it agrees to close down the Chernobyl plant altogether.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service
Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
Links to other Europe stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Europe stories