Famous U.S. lawyer drafted to fight Temelin

19-02-2001

The famous U.S. lawyer Ed Fagan has been hired by Austrian anti-nuclear activists fighting the launch of the Temelin nuclear power station in South Bohemia. Mr Fagan left for Austria on Saturday, vowing to prevent Temelin from going into full operation. Mr Fagan is known world-wide for his defence of victims of Nazism, most recently winning billions of dollars for slave-labourers forced to work for German firms during the Second World War. His first step will be to ask the U.S. firm Westinghouse, which supplied Temelin's operational equipment, to submit all documents on the equipment for scrutiny. Austrian anti-nuclear activists have criticised safety at the plant, which was completed in October at a cost of some 100 billion crowns.