Greens protest new nuclear plans

On September 6 2012 Ukrainian Parliament adopted the Draft Law “On the design and construction of energy blocks N3 and N4 at the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant.” 253 deputies voted for this bill.

Pavlo Khazan, the Ukrainian delegate to European Green Party and the chair of Dnipropetrovsk regional organisation of the Green Party of Ukraine, commenting on the event said that greens considered this decision as a betrayal of the interests of Ukraine.

“This move constitutes a serious problem for the country as a whole, its national sovereignty, environmental and economic security. At the same time, the citizens of Ukraine will have to pay out of their pockets for this economically disadvantageous and dangerous project, which according to official data will cost 4,13 billion USD” – said Pavlo Khazan. – “Moreover, this decision is a demonstration of complete disregard for the opinions of experts and the public, who unanimously declared – no to construction of the NPP.”

“The progressive community around the world reached the same conclusion – nuclear power is the most expensive and the most dangerous. After Chernobyl and Fukushima no one has any doubt that use of the “peaceful atom” was and is a terrible and tragic mistake in the history of mankind, which cost the lives and health of multitudes of people. Instead of making plans for the rational energy consumption, for improving energy efficiency and the introduction of renewable energy sources, Ukraine is stepping back to the past of 30 years ago.

Taking such irresponsible decisions is a crime against the Ukrainian people. Ukraine should be joined with other European countries to stop building nuclear power plants and abandon altogether the construction of new nuclear power plants” – said Pavlo Khazan .