Austrian Social Democrats call for new safety tests at Temelin

16-01-2001

The Austrian Social Democrats have called for tests to be carried out at the Temelin nuclear power plant by international experts, after a minor fire at the plant on Friday. The fire was apparently caused by an oil leak, and a spokesman for the station said that this did not pose a threat to safety. Oil leaking from a turbine at Temelin caught fire, but the flames were apparently extinguished within minutes. The spokesman said the turbine was not operational when the accident happened and stressed that it had not affected the plant's safety in any way. The opposition Austrian Social Democrats, have demanded that further tests be carried out on the plant's turbines, and that international experts be included in the process.