Nuke Watchdog Gives 8-year License Extension to Bulgarian Units 3,4

Business | February 9, 2003, Sunday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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The exploitation license of Bulgaria's nuclear units 3 and 4 will be extended with eight to ten years, Emil Vapirev, head of the Nuclear Regulation Agency in Sofia, said.

He added that the troubled motivation of the specialists and workers in Bulgaria's only Nuclear Power Plant Kozloduy was "worrying." The personnel at the N-plant fears lay-offs and wages cuts.

In spite of this, Vapirev said he was confident about the good results of the oncoming peer review that the European Commission ordered in Kozloduy.

The members of the European Union regard Bulgaria's nuclear units 3 and 4 as potentially dangerous and want them shut down by 2006. The government in Sofia agreed to this deadline provided the EC dispatches a peer review. Bulgaria now hopes to re-negotiate the closure timetable if the results of the check prove favorable.
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