Energiaklub, Greenpeace appeal environmental licence of Paks project
Budapest, October 18 (MTI) – Energiaklub and Greenpeace Hungary have submitted an appeal against the environmental licence for the expansion of Hungary’s Paks nuclear power plant to the National Inspectorate for Environment, Nature and Water, Energiaklub told MTI on Tuesday.
The two non-profit organizations said the environmental impact study serving as the basis for the licence contains blatantly unlawful parts and shortcomings and fails to answer questions such as what would happen in the event of a serious accident, where the spent fuel rods would be stored for the long term and how the power plant’s heat load would impact the wildlife of the Danube River.
Energiaklub and Greenpeace said the Natura 2000 impact estimate in the study is incorrect. They also said they believe that the thermal and radioactive stress of the Danube would violate the obligation stipulated in the EU’s Water Framework Directive and the water catchment management plans.
They said the requirements specified by the authorities are often not accountable and do not clarify the duties of the license-holder MVM Paks II Zrt.