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Greenpeace slams Slovenia's nuclear plans

by Staff Writers
Vienna (AFP) Dec 16, 2009
Environmental organisation Greenpeace on Wednesday slammed Slovenia's plans to build a second reactor at its nuclear power plant in Krsko, where an incident triggered a Europe-wide alert last year.

"It cannot be that Slovenia continues to operate -- and even wants to expand -- a dangerous nuclear reactor on its border to Austria," Greenpeace energy expert Jurrien Westerhof said in a statement.

Last month, Slovenia unveiled plans to build a second reactor at Krsko between 2020 and 2025.

Slovenia and neighbouring Croatia jointly opened the Krsko plant, some 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of the capital Ljubljana, in 1984 when both were part of now defunct Yugoslavia.

The plant is still co-owned by Croatia and Slovenia and currently generates about 40 percent of all electricity produced in Slovenia.

The Krsko plant was shut down for five days in June 2008 when a loss was detected in the reactor's cooling system, which led to the first Europe-wide radiation alert since the system was put in place in the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

Greenpeace complained that Krsko is situated in a region where earthquakes have occurred in the past and are likely to occur again in the future.

"This makes this reactor a particularly dangerous one," Greenpeace said.

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