Bulgaria's 2nd Nuke Among Romania's Major Problems

Politics | February 9, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00

Bulgaria's second nuclear power plant that is to be constructed in Belene was pointed out as one of Romania's major environmental problems.

Romanian state secretary Constantine Popesku told in an interview that the Belene nuke was one of the four major threats for Romania's environment. The other three problems are the construction of the Ukrainian sailing channel Bistroe and the gold digging project Roshia Montana.

In the end of 2004 it was reported that Bucharest will table its analysis and opinion report on the impact of the Belene construction project, once Bulgaria picks up the final contractor.

Romanian Environment Ministry has reportedly sent its recommendations to Bulgaria over the nuclear power plant project to be build at the Belene site, about 13 km away from Romania's town of Zimnic and less than 100 km from capital Bucharest.

Bucharest has asked Sofia for additional information on Bulgaria's second nuclear power plant environmental parameters after several protests by Romanian residents alongside the Danube River and official statements that the Belene project is "a sensitive topic".

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