Austrian Chancellor says Temelin needs more safety tests

25-04-2001

The Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schussel has said that his government does not consider the environment impact study on the Temelin nuclear power plant a sufficient guarantee of safety. Speaking after Tuesday's cabinet session in Vienna, Chancellor Schussel said that many questions remained unanswered and that more safety tests would have to be undertaken before the plant was ready to go into commercial operation. The Chancellor said that since the present safety documentation was incomplete he advised postponing the public hearing on Temelin scheduled to take place in Linz on May 9th. In the Czech Republic a public hearing on the outcome of the environment impact study is to take place later today /Wednesday/ in Èeské Budejovice. EU commissioner Henning Ehrstein is to attend the hearing, German and Austrian anti-nuclear activists have not confirmed participation.