A cloud of toxic chlorine gas hung over several villages north of Prague at the weekend following a leak at the nearby Spolana chemical factory on Friday. 12 firemen were injured after breathing the chlorine, and they had to seek treatment in hospital. None of the local population was hurt in the incident, but it wasn't the first leak at Spolana. is here with details of the accident.
The Czech Republic's second nuclear power station at Temelin is now fully loaded with nuclear fuel and ready for ignition. Amidst heated debates about whether to hold a referendum on putting the plant in operation, the former Prime Minister and the current lower house speaker, Vaclav Klaus, has not hesitated to throw his weight in favour of nuclear energy and Temelin. has this report.
Environmental activists arrived outside the Czech lower of house parliament on Tuesday to present a petition calling for a referendum on the now-complete Temelin nuclear power plant in South Bohemia. What began as a petition calling for Temelin to be shut down before it was even launched, has now become a campaign for a referendum on the issue. It has won the support of a small group of MPs, including Vladimir Mlynar from the Freedom Union and Social Democrat Petra Buzkova. spoke to Petr Stepanek, the spokesman of the Referendum 2000 coalition,
Environmental activists are camping outside the Temelin nuclear power plant in South Bohemia, in a last ditch effort to force a referendum before the plant is started up. Meanwhile, across the border, Germany's environment minister has joined his Austrian counterpart in expressing concerns over safety during the test launch. But there are many other issues at stake. One of the most important is the possible effect on unemployment, as the country will no longer have to rely on coal-fired power stations, which provide work to many in northern regions
The Austrian government says it must be involved in the final discussions on the launch of the Temelin nuclear power plant in South Bohemia. The Austrian Minister of Agriculture and Environment Wolfgang Molterer says Temelin mustn't be started up until all the problems concerning security and protection of the environment have been resolved. Earlier today Radio Prague´s spoke to David Zelinger, from the on-line news department of Austria 's TV and radio network ORF. Mr. Zelinger believes the main problem for the Austrians is not the issue of