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[PDF] The decision to construct the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant units 3, 4 in breach of Espoo Convention requirements [Ukraine]

Author: CEE Bankwatch Network, Published on: 20 September 2012

...On behalf of 15 European non-governmental organizations - members of CEE Bankwatch Network, we appeal to you to stop the plans of the Ukrainian government to construct two new nuclear units at the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant. We ask you to...not sign the law “On siting, design and construction of units 3, 4 at Khmelnitsky nuclear power station”...Nuclear power stations pose a potentially large threat...to people both in Ukraine and in neighboring states, and in case of a large accident, indeed to the entire continent...If you sign this law now, Ukraine will be...in contempt of neighboring states and the rights of citizens to be informed and consulted on projects that could have an impact on their environment and health...The proposed VVER-1000 (V-392B) reactor type has not been constructed elsewhere in the world and there is no experience with its safe operation. The proposal for the new nuclear units at Khmelnitsky is to construct on top of the old foundations...designed for a different reactor type. The damaged and flooded constructions...add substantially to the overall risk of the project. Despite the requirements of national law, the project has not gone through a State Environmental Review...

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