National Geographic : 1987 May
Entombing the inferno LACK AND SOMBER, the sarcophagusthat seals away reactor4 (above) must safely contain its dangerous bones for hundreds of years before nucleardecay quiets its radioactivecore. Cleanup is thorough as the power complex is cleaned, washed, and painted, and the surroundingland is scraped and primedfor new life. Work crews commute to the site in radiation-resistantarmoredpersonnel carriers(below). Agronomists planfor shallow-rootcrops in the countryside,new towns are builtfor power-plant workers, and construction on two new reactors continues.