For forty-one years four cooling towers of the VI nuclear power station in Jaslovske Bohunice in western Slovakia punctuated the skyline.
On Monday, the last of the towers was pulled down, while the towers for V2 remain.
“Crushed concrete remains on the premises of VI and is used for filling holes that remain after the demolished cooling towers,” said Nuclear and Decommissioning Company spokeswoman Miriam Ziakova unceremoniously.
“Because ferro-concrete material from the cooling towers is neither radioactive nor represents a risk for the environment, it was gradually processed on the spot,” the Slovak Spectator quoted Ziakova as saying.
The towers once stood 120 meters high (393 feet) and 277 feet wide at the base. They were torn town, rather than destroyed with explosives due to the plant’s proximity to V2, nuclear power plant that replaced it.
V1 has been shuttered for 10 years. It was taken off line in 2008 prior to Slovakia’s entrance to the European Union. V2’s two blocks went on line in 1984 and 1985.
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