30 Greenpeace activist from Finland, Sweden and Russia are demonstrating at the Vantaa City Hall against Vantaa's participation in the Fennovoima Nuclear project. Vantaa is the fourth most populated city in Finland. The activists have covered the city hall with tarpaulins, which tell how Vantaa is implementing cuts in city's services in order to fund construction of nuclear power. Vantaan Energia, a Vantaa-owned utility, is one of the biggest municipal shareholders of Fennovoima.
Vantaa fennovoima action, ydinvoima.
This fall, Fennovoima shareholders are to make decisions about investing to the nuclear power plant about to be built on Pyhäjoki. Fennovoima is trying to partner with Russian state-owned Rosatom on this project.
-The rising costs and the Fukushima nuclear disaster have all but ended the construction of nuclear power plants globally. Vantaan Energia and other Fennovoima shareholders should distance themselves from the unprofitable project as soon as possible, states Jehki Härkönen, energy campaigner for Greenpeace.
Raeshid Alimov, a campaigner for Russian Greenpeace, has been following Rosatom's similar reactor construction project in Sosnovy Bor, near St. Petersburg. In 2010, a Russian prosecutor halted the construction for six months due violations in fire and hygienic codes. The concrete structure of the power plant collapsed in June 2011, but construction was continued on top of the ruins.
- Rosatom shouldn't be exporting nuclear technology, it has such a large problems back home in Russia. Rosatom is paying a lot less in taxes than it receives in state subsidies. Rosatom isn't a proper business, but rather a political tool for Russian government, states Alimov.
Vantaan Energia holds a 4,5 percent stake in Fennovoima through Voimaosakeyhtiö SF. Vantaan Energia is owned by City of Vantaa (60%) and City of Helsinki (40%).
Instead of nuclear power, Finland now needs investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy. These investments will generate new jobs, and reduce the niid to import fuels. Read more from the Greenpeace Energy (R)evolution from www.greenpeace.fi/energiavallankumous
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Härkönen and Alimov are at the moment at the Vantaa City Hall following the demonstration
Jehki Härkönen, Energy campaigner, +358 40 197 2620
Rashid Alimov, Campaigner, Greenpeace Russia, +7 962 695 66 41
Tapio Laakso, Program Manager, Greenpeace Nordic, p. +358 40 181 6559