Old nuclear reactors can’t save the climate via Greenpeace

Today 240 activists are taking action across Europe to highlight the risk of ageing nuclear reactors.

There’s an ongoing action inside Tihange in Belgium. In Switzerland activists have unfolded banners inside the Beznau II, the oldest nuclear power plant in Europe. They also flew over with a paraglider and simultaneously in Sweden a banner was hung from the reactor roof top of Oskarshamn 2.

In Spain activists were attacked by a water cannon while taking action against Garoña, while in France activists blocked the entrance to Bugey and projection were made on Borssele in the Netherlands.

So why are hundreds of Greenpeace activists taking action today? Well it is because 44% of the reactors in Europe are just to old to still be on line. It’s common sense that as these aged and increasing decrepit nuclear reactors get older so the chances of serious faults in them increase. We demand that reactors older than their initial design lifetime should be closed immediately. We believe that for safety no further lifetime extensions should be granted.

Ageing reactors is an urgent issue in Belgium, Finland, France,Germany, Hungary, The Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain,Sweden,Switzerland, Ukraine and the UK. Governments and regulators in these countries need to protect citizens in their own and neighbouring countries from the risk of a risk of a Fukushima tragedy in densely populated Europe.

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