Greenpeace activists today set up a hanging Nuclear Emergency camp on the suspension cables of Busan's iconic Gwangandaegyo bridge, calling for the Korean government to widen the official nuclear evacuation zone to 30-kilometer radius. The four activists from Korea, USA, Taiwan and Indonesia displayed banners warning the people of Busan that many of them live within that radius.
Around 3.4 million people in Busan live within the 30-kilometer radius of Gori nuclear power plant, the oldest in the country and one of the nuclear facilities suffering from frequent malfunctions and safety-related scandals.
"The Korean government need to widen the nuclear evacuation zone to 30 kilometers so that Korean people living within the radius could be provided with proper evacuation plans in the event a disaster strikes. The nuclear disasters in Fukushima and Chernobyl showed that villages within that radius could be severely under threat by radiation," said Hyunglim Suh, Energy Campaigner at Greenpeace East Asia.
Greenpeace has warned that Korea's aging nuclear reactors and lax safety standards pose a serious threat to the population. A myriad of scandals and malfunctions continue to plague these nuclear energy facilities.
The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior is currently sailing towards Busan on its "Nuclear Emergency Tour" of Korea. During the tour, Greenpeace will raise public awareness on the dangers of nuclear energy and strengthen public opposition against dangerous nuclear energy.
Following the Fukushima disaster, and after a series of scandals and malfunctions at South Korea’s nuclear plants, public opposition against nuclear energy in the country has dramatically increased. (1)
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Kim Hye-kyeong, Communications Officer, +82 10-7712-3144
NOTE TO EDITORS
1) Korea Energy Institute said only 16% favoured nukes after Fukushima