Wednesday, June 06, 2007

New nuclear build doesn't stack up

The new nuclear power station being built in Finland is often pointed to by nuclear advocates as showing that new plants can be built without subsidies.

This is thrown into doubt by more than 1,000 breaches in safety standards reportedly identified by the Finnish safety executive STUK since work began 18 months ago.

It means that safety is being compromised to cut costs.

Activists from countries including the UK blockaded the entrance and occupied giant cranes at the Olkiluoto 3 site early on Monday, May 28, in protest over safety and work standards.

The project is also being attacked by lawyers at Brussels on rounds that it violates on two counts state aid laws - ie that it is really subsidised.

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