Stop nuclear power station Ignalina!
(Bonn / Europe, 11. Oct. 2008) The European movement against
nuclear power is very interested about the Ignalina-Referendum on
Sunday (12. Oct.). The Soviet-era technology of nuclear power station
Ignalina is the same as that used at Chernobyl. So the European
anti-nuclear movement is struggling to stop nuclear power station
of Ignalina. So the Federal Association of Environmental Action
Groups in Germany (BBU) does. BBU, Greenpeace and other no-nukes-action-groups
have a lot of reasons to stop Ignalina:
Nuclear power station of Ignalina produces every day dangerous radioactive
waste. The world now has enough radioactive waste. There’s
still no safe way to deal with it.
Aside from the risk of a terrorist strike directly onto a nuclear
power station, the nuclear industry transports thousands of tonnes
of radioactive waste around by road, rail and sea. Every week, communities
up and down the country are put at risk from potential radioactive
contamination as these trains and trucks trundle through cities,
towns and villages. If a nuclear waste transport was involved in
a terrorist attack, tens of thousands of people could be exposed
to cancer causing radiation and whole regions might have to be evacuated.
Twenty-two years since the world’s worst nuclear disaster,
Chernobyl, the human and environmental consequences are still being
suffered internationally. Nuclear power is inherently dangerous
and, despite claims of improvements in safety, scientists agree
that another catastrophe on the scale of Chernobyl could still happen
any time, anywhere. Mabe in Ignalina?
One of the fundamental problems of nuclear power is the hazard posed
by the radioactive materials it produces – some of which can
be used in nuclear weapons and all of which can be used in so-called
dirty bombs. Just one particle of plutonium can be fatal.
The nuclear industry is hugely expensive. The construction and generating
costs of nuclear power are greater than most renewable energy and
energy efficiency technologies. Added to these are costs associated
with dismantling nuclear stations and waste disposal.
Solar energy is a good example of it:
• It's almost free once the equipement is installed.
• Energy from the sun is renewable (it won't run out)
• It is very useful for remote areas that are not connected
to the main electricity grid.
• It is environmentally safe (it produces no greenhouse gases)
Further informations: http://www.bbu-online.de/html/Selbstdarstellung2007%20englisch%20Netz.pdf