Bulgarian Opposition: Cabinet Concealed Nuclear Plant Failure
At the end of the winter there has been a failure and damage at the Bulgarian Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) "Kozloduy" which has been concealed by the cabinet, Former Economy and Energy Minister, Petar Dimitrov, insists.
In a declaration issued by the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), red by Dimitrov in the Parliament Friday, the opposition accused the ruling, center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) party and Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, of endangering the image of the NPP with their ignorant rule.
Dimitrov claimed the recently reported damage at Kozloduy happened many months ago, and this is the time when the spare parts should have been ordered. The former Minister further accused the cabinet of causing losses to Bulgaria of BGN 10 M over missed electric power production and attempts to hide the damage from the public.
Dimitrov says statements that the spare parts for "Kozloduy" have been purchased by GERB for USD 240 000 while the former cabinet has paid USD 24 M with someone pocketing the difference are ridiculous and outrageous.
"Mr. Borisov, such insinuations can cause a huge international scandal with Russia because the latter had negotiated and received USD 24 M. And the contract has not been signed by the socialist-led Three-Way Coalition, but in 2004, during the term of the National Movement for Prosperity and Stability (NMSP) of former Tsar and PM, Simeon Saxe-Coburg when you were the Chief Secretary of the Interior, so you are the one, who must explain the corruption scam, if there was any," the former Minister pointed out.
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We have been hearing that oil will run out for half a century now. In the 70s, they said we'd be out of oil by 1985. Yet, as time goes on, we find more than we burn.
This "sustainable green energy" bit is a con being perpetrated on the idealistic and less informed in order to line the pockets of the well-connected. Solar and wind are just the latest fads. Back when I was young, naive and reading about impending oil crises, the talk was all about geothermal and tidal power. Where are those today?
If we really wanted to wean ourselves off fossil fuels, we'd be building nuclear plants like there's no tomorrow.
jan haverkamp from greenshit,
"7. Can we trust Bulgarian and Russian nuclear companies and engineers?"
Are you any better? Can I trust you nad your green vomit? No, unless you tell me who pays you to postsuch puke on all kinds of forums. Go hug a tree and wait there until the bears eat you for lunch; that would be your greatest contribution to the "circle of life"
If the socialists would learn to communicate in a halfway understandable way, we could maybe have an interesting scandal here. Now i really don't understand a single iota of it....
Interesting questions (that should have been asked by the journalist... maybe some journalist could ask them now?):
1. To the Bulgarian Nuclear Regulatory Agency: Is it true that the current problems with the cracked regulation rods stem from early this year?
2. Did have operation with cracked regulation rod tops have consequences for the safe operation of Kozloduy?
3. What is the opinion of the Bulgarian Nuclear Regulatory Agency in this matter?
4. To the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism, to Kozloduy management, to BNRA: Who was silent about this? Kozloduy management or the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Toursim?
5. The case of the payment of 24 Million by (one of) the former cabinet(s) was done for what? For how many new regulation rods after the INES 2 incident? Or was that for one new full set of regulation rods? Or for two reactors? Did it include rod-leaders and other necessary equipment or only the rods?
6. What the hell caused the cracking of the rods? Wrong material? In that case, why had the current government to pay 240 000 BGN - shouldn't that fall under guarantee conditions?
7. Can we trust Bulgarian and Russian nuclear companies and engineers?
8. Given his track record as Minister, what is the evidence on which we can now trust Dimitrov?