Romania has currently one nuclear power plant with two functional reactors in Cernavoda (South-East of Romania).
Cernavoda is situated in an area with high earthquake risk.
The Romanian Government plans to build two more nuclear reactors (Cernavoda 3 and 4 ). These reactors are of an outdated Canadian design, the CANDU 6.
Greenpeace protest action at the Cernavoda nuclear power plant, Romania
Greenpeace-tüntetés a romániai cernavodă-i atomerőműnél.
The design of CANDU 6 is under critique because of several key flaws:
- It has a positive reactivity coefficient – one of the design factors leading to the Chernobyl catastrophe. Because of this, CANDU reactors are not allowed inthe USA, Germany or France;
- Because it uses heavy water, it leaks more of the radioactive substance tritium into the environment than other designs. This could be dangerous for vulnerable people like pregnant women and children under four years old living in the nearby town of Cernavoda;
- It is relatively easy to divert spent fuel from the reactor. India used a similar design to obtain plutonium for its nuclear bomb in 1974. We don't want Cernavoda to become a model for other countries who may be interested in nuclear weapon production.
Romania has no proper solution for the nuclear waste produced by the Cernavoda nuclear reactors.
The Romanian government proposes yet another nuclear power plant in the North of the country, in Transilvania. It announced that it chose three sites on the Somes River, but keeps the information secret because of fear for protests.
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