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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Nuclear fever in the Baltics - analysis

(on photo -Ignalina nuclear power plant, Lithuania)
Four Baltic nations - Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Poland - have decided to build a powerful nuclear plant together.
The initiative belongs to Lithuania, the only partner that knows what a luxury it is. In the Soviet Union, it had a two-unit RBMK-1500 nuclear power plant on the banks of Lake Druksiai near the town of Ignalina. Lithuania had plenty of energy and exported it to neighbors.
But the situation changed when the Baltic nations applied for European Union (EU) membership. No country can enter that organization for free. For Lithuania, the price of entry was very high - it had to shut down its nuclear power plant. There were no technical reasons for that - the station was working without a hitch, but the European family wanted Lithuania's complete disinfection from the Soviet spirit.
The EU claimed that the RBMK-type reactors were the same that caused the Chernobyl disaster. But the RBMK unit was a water-cooled graphite moderated nuclear reactor and not a twin of Chernobyl, but instead a very successful version of the same model.
Before Lithuania, Bulgaria also found itself in a similar predicament and tried to keep its Kozloduy nuclear power plant, but the EU was adamant and Sofia had to comply with the demand. (read the rest of the article)
(Source: RIA Novosti, Moscow)

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