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[cdn-nucl-l] EFN - Politics can't close down Dutch nuclear power plant (fwd)
A ggod news!
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Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2000 07:18:22 +0000
From: IBC <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Environmentalists For Nuclear Energy - efn <EFN@ecolo.org>
Subject: EFN - Politics can't close down Dutch nuclear power plant
Dear friends of clean nuclear energy,
The Netherlands' only operating nuclear power plant - Borssele - is no longer
facing imminent shutdown.
Last month, the Dutch High Administrative Court annulled a change to the plant's
license that would have forced Borssele to close by the end of 2003.
In 1994, the Dutch parliament narrowly voted in favor of shutting down the 449
megawatt plant. Following the vote, the Ministry of Economic Affairs amended
Borssele's operating license to have it expire Dec. 31, 2003. Last december,
employees of EPZ, the Dutch utility that operates Borssele, challenged the
amendment before the Dutch High Court. EPZ employees argued that the Economic
Affairs Ministry did not produce an environmental justification for the forced
closure of the plant, and that because replacement power would be supplied by a
plant burning fossil fuels, the license change was invalid.
Borssele provides more than 4% of the country's electricity and would account
for 2-3% of the Netherlands' carbon dioxyde reduction under the Kyoto agreement.
In its decision, the Dutch High Court said the country's atomic law specifies
the grounds on which a nuclear license can be denied.
Because the decision to force the plant's shutdown was merely politically
motivated, it has no legal basis. As a result of the court's ruling, Borssele
now has no limit on its operating license.
With best regards,
President of EFN
ENVIRONMENTALISTS FOR NUCLEAR ENERGY
Source : Insight Newsletter, March 2000