Friday, May 27, 2005

Anti-Nuke Alert: Greenpeace to Fight Polish Nuclear Plant

From Polskie Radio:

Greenpeace has called for an end to plans to build a nuclear power station in Poland and has inaugurated a special project entitled the ‘Energetic Revolution.

Launched in the coastal city of Gdansk the initiative calls for more energy to come from organic sources in Poland. The ecologists are against the proposed construction of an atomic energy plant in Poland.

Spokesman of the Polish branch of Greenpeace Jacek Winiarski said that the nuclear plans is totally pointless and a “very dangerous investment.”

According to Greens Poland has great potential in wind farms and this should be made a priority.

Should the government continue to develop plans on the construction of an atomic plant Greenpeace will hold protests to block the investment, says the group.
Back in December, Poland, which relies heavily on lignite and hard coal for electrical generation, announced it would build its first nuclear reactor by 2023.

Here's a message to our friends in Poland: Drop us a line about how young nuclear professionals in the U.S. are taking the fight to the anti-nukes. We can help.

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1 comment:

Matthew Bohun said...

I hope that the Polish utility requests the appropriate court to award costs against the plaintiffs. Unlike the USA, most countries require unsuccessful litigants to pay all costs of the lawsuit (I believe that in the USA, courts usually only require this if the lawsuit is "frivolous"). It is my view that unsuccessful litigants should pony up if an action is unsuccessful. This was certainly the case in Australia, for example, when Greenpeace opposed the construction of a replacement research reactor at Lucas Heights in Sydney: the Federal Court of Australia required Greenpeace to pay the legal costs of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) (www.arpansa.gov.au)(regulator), the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (www.ansto.gov.au) (purchaser), and INVAP (www.invap.se) (vendor). I am not sure whether Greenpeace gave up at the Federal Court level, or whether the High Court of Australia refused it leave to appeal, but the case finished in the Federal Court.