By Aslihan Tumer , Nuclear campaigner at Greenpeace International
The Mochovce plant is a nuclear dog whose owners like very dirty tricks.
It seems that the Nukes industry has been up to its old tricks in trying to prevent any sort of transparent public process. In this case “seeing it” is definitely “believing it”.
Some kind soul leaked our colleagues in Slovakia a power point presentation which outlines the dastardly plans of the Slovak electric utility, whose majority owners are Italian company ENEL, for the up and coming environmental impact assessment of Mochvoce - their nuclear reactor. [Check out an example from their Powerpoint presentation below.]
They have so little confidence in their “clean & safe” reactor that they came up with this lovely plan to do as much as possible to manipulate the public hearings in order to make sure things go well for them.
They want to:
• prevent any protests in the area by organizing their own demonstrations
• restrict the participation of the public in a “public” hearing
• reach the lowest possible media and public attention
• prevent a legally required hearing in the neighbouring country of Austria
So another nuclear utility bites the 'transparency dust'. ENEL has always presented itself as a champion in transparency. With this document it shows it is willing to use communist era manipulation to avoid public scrutiny. And with reason: the Mochovce project sports two 1970s Russian designed nuclear reactors that are not even equipped with secondary containment. No wonder they don’t want anyone finding out.
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Update: The Powerpoint presentation is now available here.
Update 22/09: Greenpeace asked Paolo Ruzzini, CEO of Slovenské elektrárne, 15 questions about the preparation of the public hearing for the Environmental Impact Assessment of the Mochovce 3,4 nuclear reactor project. Here's his answer.