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New Russian nuclear plant not welcome in Kaliningrad

New Russian nuclear plant worries residents’
Greenpeace 24 Sept 09 Russia’s plans to build a nuclear power plant in its Baltic territory of Kaliningrad, hemmed in between Poland and Lithuania, has local residents and environmentalists worried.

Russian state energy corporation Rosatom announced plans last year to build a 1,200-megawatt nuclear plant near Sovetsk by 2016. The site is just 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Lithuania’s border. But memories of the world’s worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl in 1986 in what is now Ukraine has convinced residents like Lyudmila Litvinova and others who went to a meeting with local officials that the risk is too high.
“Why would we want to succumb to a radiation risk here in Russia,” Litvinova, 52, told AFP. “Nuclear power plants don’t just explode, they also generate a small amount of radioactivity that could be very harmful to the population,” Alexandra Koroleva, co-chairwoman of the environment group Ecodefence, told AFP.’

Nuclear News: New Russian nuclear plant worries residents

September 24, 2009 - Posted by | 1, environment, Russia | , , , , , ,

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