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LMP: Gov’t Unprepared for Disassembly of Operating Nuclear Reactors in Paks

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.08.06.

Green opposition LMP has blamed the government for what it called its failure to duly prepare for disassembling the currently operating reactors of the Paks nuclear power plant and the final disposal of nuclear waste.

The estimated costs of disassembly total 1,650 billion forints (EUR 4.8bn) but only 300 billion forints is available in the Central Nuclear Financial Fund, party group leader László Lóránt Keresztes told an online press conference on Thursday.

As efforts to find a site for the final nuclear waste disposal facility have come to a deadlock, alternative locations should be found for the facility, he added.

Citing a public procurement tender, Keresztes said that plans for extending the lifetime of the current reactors seem to be afoot.

He assumed the authorities were hoping to carry this out without acquiring environmental licences despite several unforeseeable events in the past causing considerable power drops. There were 19 events just in 2018 involving power drops of over 50 megawatts, he said.

The cabinet’s arguments to justify the current expansion of the plant have been based on “lies and oversights”, Keresztes said.

“Nuclear energy is neither green, nor safe, nor cheap, and Paks2 cannot be a real, economically sound alternative,” he added.

Featured photo illustration by Tamás Sóki/MTI