Environmentalists sue govt over Paks nuclear expansion project
Budapest, April 19 (MTI) – Environmental groups in Hungary are launching a lawsuit to prevent the planned upgrade of the Paks nuclear plant, a project which they see as hazardous to residents and the environment.
Greenpeace Hungary and Energiaklub said in a statement on Wednesday that the Pest County Government Office had turned down their earlier appeal against the project’s environmental permit. They insisted that “a number of crucial issues” around the planned project, such as the handling of radioactive waste and protecting residents, as well as contingency plans for acts of terrorism, sabotage or war were still unresolved.
They also suggested that there were “no guarantees” that the plant, complete with two new blocks, would not overheat the river Danube, whose water is used in the plant’s cooling system.