Austrian environmentalists call for more tests at Temelin

11-01-2001

Austrian environmentalists have called for tests at the Temelin nuclear power plant in South Bohemia to be extended until the end of this year. The controversial nuclear power plant, located just fifty kilometres from the Austrian border, has severely strained relations between the Czech Republic and Austria over the past six months. Following prolonged protests and border blockades by Austrian activists, at a meeting in December, Czech Prime Minister Milos Zeman and Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schussel agreed to carry out an environmental impact study on Temelin. Environmentalists have called on the governor of Lower Austria, Erwin Proll, who is to meet with the Czech prime minister this Friday, to extend safety tests at Temelin until the end of this year.