RUSSIA - The protest against start up of the Rostov
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KHMELNITSKY NUCLEAR REACTOR SHUT DOWN AFTER LEAK,
KIEV/Ukraine, - The reactor at the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant has been shut down
because of a leaking turbine, a Nuclear Ministry spokeswoman said Friday, August 30. Water
escaped from the system but it was not radioactive and didnot pose any danger, said
Tatyana Yagish. The reactor was shut down Thursday and was to be restarted Tuesday. The
Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant is located 150 miles west of Kiev.
DEVELOPMENT OF KHMELNITSK AND ROVNO NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS, Kiev/Ukraine, - according to the
agreement between G-7 and Ukraine two ukrainian nuclear reactors replacing Chernobyl are
under construction, said Nikolay Shevchenko, a spokesperson for "Energoproekt"
scientific institute in Kiev. The unit 4 of Rovno NPP and the unit 2 of Khmelnitsk NPP, a
million KWT each, will be completed by ENAK - transnational energy consorcium. ENAK signed
the contract by May 1996, the cost of contract is about $ 10 million. The funding is
provided by the European Union' foundations.
IGNALINA NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, LITHUANIA - AN ACCIDENTAL STEAM DISCHARGE at the plant on
August 7 caused no danger to the environment and no radiation was leaked, said an nuclear
energy official. "There was an accidental discharge of steam from a secondary system
and it made a loud noise, but it was not dangerous," said the acting director of the
Lithuanian Nuclear Safety Inspectorate, Mikhail Demchemko. He explained that the mishap
occurred when a valve was opened to release extra pressure. Ignalina, home to the two
largest Chernobyl-style reactors in the former Soviet Union, has been the site of a number
of accidents in recent years. Fire broke out in Ignalina's turbine room last November, and
in another incident two cranes became entangled while replacing fuel rods in a reactor.
Under the terms of a 33 million ECU agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction
and Development, the plant is slated for closure around the year 2010 when its reactor
will need to be replaced.
LATVIA-LITHUANIA -- THE STEAM DISCHARGE AT THE IGNALINA NUCLEAR
POWER PLANT SCARED MANY RESIDENTS of the transboundary region of Latvia and Lithuania.
Panic broke out especially among citizens in the Latvian city of Daugavpils. The breakdown
in one of the plant's regulators sent a cloud of steam high into the air at 7:40 in the
morning as residents were awakening. When they saw the large mushroom cloud on the
horizon, many stayed in their homes and farmers quickly brought their cattle in from
pasture. Local authorities received a wave of phone calls from people seeking more
ST. PETERSBURG-MUNICH -- THE RUSSIAN MINATOM AND THE BAVARIAN STATE DIVISION FOR
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION have begun construction of a new type of reactor - VVER-640 - at
the Sosnovy Bor Nuclear Power Plant. The firm Siemens is responsible for the work on the
German side. Much of the actual construction work on the reactor will be conducted at the
Izhorskii, Metallicheskii, and Electrosile Factories in St. Petersburg, and will be
overseen by Siemens. Completion is planned for 2003. Minatom will pay for the construction
in large part with the production from the new block in the form of uranium.
KALINIGRAD/KOENIGSBERG, sept. 1, - The baltic marine prosecution investigate the case of
nuclear shipping in the Baltic Sea. On July 30, the ship with uranium arrived to the
waters near the Kaliningrad' seaport which was transit port for the ship. The x-USSR
antinuclear campaign organized protests to prevent such transit. The protests forced the
authorities to give no permission for the ship to enter the seaport. The protests costed
about US$ million for nuclear industry. Now, the case of transit is under investigation of
the prosecution. The seaport may be closed for nuclear transit forever in case if the
prosecution' investigation will confirm that nuclear transit is a the violation over
Th ex-USSR antinuclear campaign is organizing the party "Here is no nuke
ships!" by the late-september at disco-club "Megadance-Atlantika",
Kaliningrad/Koenigsberg. All the interested parties ask for more information through the
campaign' contact below. Visit and Enjoy!
ROSTOV NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, Sept. 6, - The start up of Rostov nuclear power plant, central
Russia, is proposed by 1997. The protests of local citizens and environmentalists resulted
in three rallies in the closest to the NPP cities, and the
blockade of the road following to the NPP' construction side. During the august and
september, The police attacked the camp of environmentalists near the NPP and another camp
into the city. Some activists were injured but not arrested. Later more than 10 activists
were arrested and jailed for a day. The rally by local citizens expressed the wish to
replace the head of local authority who supported the NPP' start up. The new election of
the local authority's head is coming in October. Over 20 international faxes, protesting
the NPP' start up, is received by regional authorities for the third week that x-USSR
antinuclear campaign organizing the international fax-pressure.
If you still have not sent your fax to protest the start up of the Rostov NPP - send us a
note and we'll return to you with the details of situation, number of faxes and example of
fax-message. Special Thanks for support to: International Physicians for Prevention of
Nuclear War (Germany), Earthlife Africa (Pretoria Branch), Madeleine, Greenpeace
International, Greenpeace Russia, Greenpeace USA, Zeleny Zvit (Ukraine), FoE I, Grune Liga
(Germany), Global 2000 (Austria), ECODEFENSE! (Russia), SEN (USA), Tycho (CA/US), Tobias
(Germany), Anne (Norway) and all others who sent faxes to support the campaign against the
Rostov NPP' start up.
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Sidst opdateret 8. december 1997