Temelin nuclear reactor taken off-line

09-03-2001

The controversial Temelin nuclear power plant was disconnected from the national electricity grid on Thursday after having been back in operation for less than two weeks. The reactor's spokesman, Milan Nebesar, explained that the current phase of testing had been completed. The reactor is now to remain off-line for a week in order to repair three of the four regulatory valves, which operators say will help reduce turbine vibrations. This has resulted in criticism from Austrian anti-nuclear activists who claim that the constant stopping and starting of the reactor is proof that Temelin is unreliable and dangerous.