Bulgaria's 2nd Nuke Under New Attack

Politics | May 18, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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Bulgaria's Prosecutor's Office has been once again approached over the building of Belene, Bulgaria's second nuclear power plant by the national environmental movement "Ekoglasnost".

The environmentalists say that the Council of Ministers has made an attempt to hide the lack of an evaluation of the radioactive fall out threat. The "Ekoglasnost" movement says that such a report has not been prepared on the Belene project.

Bulgaria has revived a controversial plan to build a second nuclear power plant on the Danube River, announced on June 9, a decade after it was dropped amid protests from environmentalists.

In the late 1980s Bulgaria spent USD 1.3 B on infrastructure and foundations at the Danube-located Belene for a 1,000- MW reactor, supplied by then Czechoslovakia. It would cost another USD 2 B to complete the project by 2010, according to energy ministry's estimates.
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