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Commenting article: Bulgaria Nuclear Watchdog May Okay Belene Project by Mid 2010

The technical project for Bulgaria’s second nuclear power plant may receive a regulator approval by the summer of 2010.

This was announced Friday by Sergey Tsochev, Chair of Bulgaria’s Nuclear Regulation Agency, during a news conference in which he accounted for the activities of the state nuclear watchdog in 2009.

According to Tsochev, the Nuclear Regulation Agency has reviewed the 30 000-page technical project for the Belene Nuclear Power Plant submitted to it by the National Electric Company NEK, and has returned with its notes and remarks.

jingsmaboab - 24 Jan 2010 // 13:38:48

Oh you Bulgarians just love to play the victim. Good job that the EU insisted that BG close down the nukes. Otherwise the union of nuclear workers would have kept them open for too long, and Chernobyl Mark II could have been the result.

Thank goodness that the BG state is weak, with these corrupt gangsters running it, would be terrifying if BG was a "strong" state!

FIGMENT - 23 Jan 2010 // 17:55:34


" More like spleensleaze... HAHAHAHAHAHA !"


FIGMENT - 23 Jan 2010 // 17:40:34


I think the Bulgarian bean counters crunched the numbers--they are good in arithmetic--and realized that it is more cost-effective to close K and take the money from the EU than keep K open and risk a Chernobil incident. These K units are old, inefficient, and they cost more to operate and maintain than the profit the energy from them would generate. Maybe I am overestimating the intelligence of the Bulgarian bean counters? lol

Balgarska - 23 Jan 2010 // 17:33:49

The shutdown of Kozloduy units should be considered criminal. The EU major powers doesn't want to see a strong Bulgarian state; they prefer to have us rely on them rather than see a self-reliant and self-sufficient Bulgarian state.

I'll bet you 100 leva that they're behind the delaying of Belene NPP.

BULERICAN - 23 Jan 2010 // 16:53:36

So all those 100's if not 1000's of articles across European media claiming that the K - nukes were being closed as a condition of ascession for BG without mention of "dangerous or safety", they were simply lies ???

And you now in all your power are correcting all those incorrect reports, and the apparent lies that the EU told the world during ascession discussions . Thank God we have you here to protect us.

Oh that evil media !!!

How many ships did you guys crash into this week ???

Did you put out any coal mine fires in China ???

France still has 58 nukes don't they ???

Greenpeace ?

More like spleensleaze... HAHAHAHAHAHA !

Jan Haverkamp - Greenpeace - 23 Jan 2010 // 15:38:11

Just for clarity sake - the four first blocks of the Kozloduy NPP were not closed "at the insistence of the EU", but because they were too dangerous. This was pointed out first by the G7 in Munich in 1992 and the Bulgarian government agreed with the closure of the blocks for this reason during the negotiations for EU accession.

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