Austria continues its legal crusade against nuclear power in Europe. The government has decided to appeal against an ECJ ruling authorizing public subsidies to the British Hinkley Point EPR. “Just back from her maternity leave, the Minister of Sustainable Development, Elisabeth Köstinger, declares war again at the Atomic Lobby.” The Kronen Zeitung , the country’s leading newspaper, set foot on the plate announcing Tuesday, that the Austrian government would appeal, before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), a judgment that authorized public subsidies from the British government for the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant. The Austrian Council of Ministers will decide this Wednesday to appeal, with the support of Luxembourg. Austria does not want to abandon the legal battle against nuclear energy in Europe, which it is conducting on several fronts. Last March, Vienna also filed another complaint, this time concerning the Paks reactors in neighboring Hungary. On the left, right and even far right, no Austrian political party defends atomic energy. Antinuclearism is indeed the subject of a broad consensus in the country. Since 1978, this type of energy is de facto prohibited. That year, a referendum prevented the commissioning of the Zwentendorf atomic power plant, which would have been the first in Austria.
Liberation 5th sept 2018 read more »
This week EDF are planning to dredge 300,000 tonnes of mud from outside Hinkley nuclear reactor in Somerset, which will then be dumped in Welsh waters. An alliance of concerned campaigners that make up ‘the Campaign Against Hinkley Mud Dumping’ will serve a legal injunction to halt the dump and then take EDF to court. I’m concerned because I do not believe enough testing has been done. We’re talking about mud being dredged from outside a nuclear reactor and the politicians in Cardiff Bay have utterly failed to take the necessary steps to protect us from it. They should be standing up for us but it’s concerned members of the public who are going to court to stop the dumping. The Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales, who issued the licence to dump, have sat back and done nothing. We need to use the Precautionary Principle, as detailed in Article 191 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and urgently suspend the licence until proper and thorough testing has been done. I’m assured insufficient core samples were taken under international rules and the tests do not cover all significant radioactive substances from the Hinkley nuclear plant. This covers the demand for further deep sampling, the case to test for Americium etc. (as shown in the independent CRIIAD report ) and the case to test for ‘hot’ particles.
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