Bulgarians Unite Efforts with Greenpeace against Belene Nuke

Politics | February 10, 2005, Thursday // 00:00
Bulgarians Unite Efforts with Greenpeace against Belene Nuke People in Novi Han protesting against the expansion of a nuclear deport located near their village. They have now united efforts with the Greenpeace organization against the construction of Bulgaria’s second nuke in Belene. Photo by bTV

Bulgarians from the small city of Novi Han and representatives of the Greenpeace organization discussed the consequences of the country's nuclear power policy and its plans for expansion of a nuclear depot near the city.

Jan Haverkamp, activist of the international environmental organization, underlined that the international organization is backing the people from Novi Han, who are urging for reforms in Bulgaria's nuclear power policy.

The people from Novi Han, located some 20 km away of capital Sofia, are opposing the expansion of the nuclear depot near their city. The depot, first constructed some 40 year ago is now full and the government is planning its expansion.The people have joined Greenpeace's demands for Bulgaria to stop the produce of nuclear power.

The international organization filed claim against Government's decision for the building of Belene, Bulgaria's second nuclear power plant.

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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