Nuclear Energy in Ukraine

Protest against nuclear plans of Ukrainian and German governments to extend the lifetime of nuclear reactors in Kiev

Ukrainian environmental activists protest against nuclear plans of Ukrainian and German governments to extend the lifetime of nuclear reactors.

Kyiv, September 18, 2010. Activists installed a ‘nuclear waste pile’ to protest against the plans of Ukrainian and German governments to extend the lifetime of nuclear reactors.

Activists of the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine installed a pile of cans with radiation warning signs in front of the German Embassy. The cans symbolized radioactive waste produced by nuclear stations which cannot be safely disposed.

This step of Ukrainian protesters was to support German activists who surrounded the Reichstag at the same time calling upon the German government to stop the operation of outdated reactors.

Dmytro Khmara, energy program coordinator of the National Ecological Centre and the action participant, said: “Continued operation of outdated nuclear reactors increases the chance of nuclear accidents at the nuclear power plants as well as decommissioning costs. Service life of unit 1 of the Rivne Nuclear Power Plant will terminate in several months, and authorities will have to decide whether to extend its life or to shut it down. Continued operation will even worsen the reactor’s condition, posing hazard for environment and increasing major accident risks”.

He added that presently no country in the world is able to dispose or bury nuclear waste without damage to environment.

“If nuclear power plants have to pay for the damage to environment or for proper waste burial, nuclear energy industry will become economically unattractive. This is why authorities and nuclear industry people want to defer these commitments for as long as they can by extending nuclear lifetime or leaving these issues to next generations to solve”, Dmytro Khmara added.
Participants of the action believe that Ukraine should (instead of nuclear energy) focus on energy saving measures as they are much cheaper, contribute to environmental protection in the country and improve its energy security by reducing the need to buy fuel from other countries.

Detailed research of continued operation of outdated nuclear reactors conducted by the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine can be found at:
https://atom.org.ua/?p=1008

Pictures: http://www.necu.org.ua/aktsiya-100918/

For more information please contact:

Dmytro Khmara,
energy expert
National Ecological Centre of Ukraine
044 353 78 41,
fax: 044 238 62 59
dmytro.khmara at necu.org.ua