Environmental groups to contest Paks II permit

September 30, 2016


NGOs opposed to the construction of two reactors at Hungary’s Paks atomic energy plant plan to appeal the environmental permit issued on September 29th by the Baranyi County Government Office giving the go-ahead, reports napi.hu.

Energy Club (Energiaklub) and the Hungarian chapter of Greenpeace will submit the appeal, according to Energy Club expert Zsuzsanna Koritár. Previously the two NGOs objected to the environmental impact study submitted by the MVM Paks II Zrt., claiming that it both failed to clarify a number of key questions and contained numerous viewpoints that were either baseless, mistaken or antiquated.  Among other things, they complain that the study does not satisfactorily address the handling of radioactive waste or the impact of the additional heated water to be discharged into the Danube river, two of the most important environmental questions related to the project.

In their view, the environmental impact study does not adequately examine the effect of the construction of two additional reactors on the health of Hungarian society.