Greenpeace sues Environment Ministry over nuclear power plant

Greenpeace Slovensko, an environmental NGO, is suing the Slovak Environment Ministry over what it calls a violation of rules in completion of the third and fourth units of the nuclear power plant in Mochovce. Greenpeace has raised objections claiming bias by the company that was chosen to elaborate an expert opinion on the completion of the power plants required for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), the SITA newswire reported.

Greenpeace Slovensko, an environmental NGO, is suing the Slovak Environment Ministry over what it calls a violation of rules in completion of the third and fourth units of the nuclear power plant in Mochovce. Greenpeace has raised objections claiming bias by the company that was chosen to elaborate an expert opinion on the completion of the power plants required for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), the SITA newswire reported.

Greenpeace submitted the lawsuit to the Supreme Court on February 15 claiming unlawful intervention of a public administration body, the NGO’s spokesperson, Lucia Szabová, said as reported by SITA. The organisation bases the suit on the selection by the ministry of an authorized expert for elaboration of the assessment and the draft final stance to the report on evaluation of impacts that the third and fourth reactors might have on the environment.

According to Greenpeace, the company DECOM, which was contracted by the ministry as the authorized expert failed to meet one of the basic prerequisites for elaboration of the assessment which is impartiality.

The environmentalists say the company has a direct conflict of interests as its 100 percent owner is VÚJE, which has signed a contract worth several million euros for completion of the nuclear units with the power utility Slovenské Elektrárne. SITA

Compiled by Michaela Stanková from press reports
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