Czech-Austrian meeting on nuclear safety

05-02-2001

Czech and Austrian nuclear experts have agreed on a list of nuclear safety issues that need to be clarified before the controversial Temelin nuclear power plant in south Bohemia can be put into commercial operation. The eight-hour marathon session in Vienna was attended by a delegation of the European Commission, and although few details have been released of the meeting, all parties have described it as "a step in the right direction". Follow up meetings are to take place in Prague and on the site of the Temelin nuclear power plant. These three- party consultations have been called at the initiative of nuclear-free Austria, which has expressed serious concern about Temelin's safety. The plant was activated last October.