Beyond the Sarcophagus The Overwhelming Challenge of Containing Chernobyl

Work on the new sarcophagus meant to contain Chernobyl's reactor 4 is a decade behind schedule. But significant problems will remain even once it is complete. For one, it is only meant to last for 100 years. For another, no one knows what to do with the vast quantities of radioactive waste left behind.
A look inside the control room of Chernobyl reactor 4, which blew up on April 26, 1986.

A look inside the control room of Chernobyl reactor 4, which blew up on April 26, 1986.

Efrem Lukatsky/ AP
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan