Building Chernobyl's MegaTomb

Engineers race to build a massive dome to contain the crumbling remains of the reactor. Airing April 26, 2017 at 9 pm on PBS Aired April 26, 2017 on PBS

Program Description

In 1986, in the heart of Ukraine, the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded, releasing 400 times more radiation than the Hiroshima Bomb. It was the world’s worst nuclear disaster. Thirty workers died, 50,000 people fled the nearest city, and radioactive fallout made an area larger than Long Island a no-go zone. Hastily, a so-called “sarcophagus” was built to contain the radioactive materials that lingered at the site after the explosion. But 30 years later, the sarcophagus is crumbling, and another disaster at Chernobyl looms. Now, an international team of engineers is racing the clock to assemble one of the most ambitious superstructures ever built—an extraordinary 40,000 ton, $1.5 billion dome to encase the crumbling remains of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. Battling arctic winter weather—and lethal radiation—this is the inside story of the epic race to build Chernobyl’s MegaTomb.

Broadcast Credits

PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY
Martin Gorst
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Carlo Massarella
EDITED BY
Paul Shepard
NARRATOR
Eric Meyers
LOCATION FILMING
Peter Fison
Justin Ingham
Roshan Samarasinghe
Mat Stimpson
LOCATION DIRECTORS
Alex Tate
Gwyn Williams
FIXERS
Dmytro Kolchynsky
Anatolii Kuksa
Taras Shumeyko
ASSISTANT PRODUCERS
Emma Houghton-Brown
Katie Reisz
PRODUCTION MANAGERS
Mel Moore
Vicky Newman
Sara Revell
Pete Youens
GRAPHICS
Fluid Pictures
ONLINE EDITORS
Paul Goodman
Barrie Pease
COLORISTS
Vicki Matich
Paul Fallon
AUDIO MIX
Andy Hodges
Bob Jackson
EDIT ASSISTANT
Philip Michael
ARCHIVAL MATERIAL
AP
EBRD / Novarka
IRSN
Kaleidoscope
KBJR Metro News 6
Sergei Koshelev
Telecon
Videoplugger
SPECIAL THANKS
Bechtel
Professor Stuart Burgess
ChNPP
Laurin Dodd
European Bank for Reconstruction & Development
Dr. Alan Flowers
Mac McNeil
Mammoet
FOR WINDFALL FILMS
HEAD OF PRODUCTION
Birte Pedersen
HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT
Leesa Rumley
PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANT
Sue Harvard
NOVA SERIES GRAPHICS
yU + co.
NOVA THEME MUSIC
Walter Werzowa
John Luker
Musikvergnuegen, Inc.
ADDITIONAL NOVA THEME MUSIC
Ray Loring
Rob Morsberger
CLOSED CAPTIONING
The Caption Center
POST PRODUCTION ONLINE EDITOR
Spencer Gentry
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Jennifer Welsh
PUBLICITY
Eileen Campion
Eddie Ward
RESEARCH
Ana Aceves
SENIOR SCIENCE RESEARCHER
Caitlin Saks
NOVA ADMINISTRATOR
Anne Barleon
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Linda Callahan
DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL AUDIENCE RESEARCH
Cory Allen
PARALEGAL
Sarah Erlandson
TALENT RELATIONS
Janice Flood
LEGAL COUNSEL
Susan Rosen
DIGITAL MANAGING PRODUCER
Kristine Allington
SENIOR DIGITAL EDITOR
Tim De Chant
DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL MEDIA
Lauren Aguirre
RIGHTS MANAGER
Lauren Miller
POST PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Brittany Flynn
SUPERVISING PRODUCER
Kevin Young
POST PRODUCTION EDITOR
Michael H. Amundson
BROADCAST MANAGER
Nathan Gunner
BUSINESS MANAGER
Ariam McCrary
DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER
David Condon
PROJECT DIRECTOR
Pamela Rosenstein
COORDINATING PRODUCER
Elizabeth Benjes
SENIOR SCIENCE EDITOR
Evan Hadingham
SENIOR PRODUCER
Chris Schmidt
SENIOR SERIES PRODUCER
Melanie Wallace
DIRECTOR, BUSINESS OPERATIONS & FINANCE
Laurie Cahalane
DEPUTY EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Julia Cort
SENIOR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Paula S. Apsell

A NOVA production by Windfall Films Ltd. (part of the Argonon Group) for NOVA/WGBH Boston in association with the BBC, and France Television, NHK, and N24

© 2017 WGBH Educational Foundation

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This program was produced by WGBH, which is solely responsible for its content.

Original funding for this program was provided by Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 23andMe, The David H. Koch Fund for Science, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Participants

Baptiste Briois
Engineer
Nicolas Caille
Novarka
Ian Carling
Cladding Site Engineer
David Coulet
Site Manager
David Driscoll
Health and Safety Manager
Simon Evans
Chernobyl Shelter Fund
Jean-Philippe Gardeur
Deputy Construction Manager
Guillaume Morel
General Methods Coordinator
Rob Owen
Crane System Manager
Nikolai Steinberg
Fmr. Chief Engineer, Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant
Geert-Jan Thijssen
Mammoet

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