The meeting under the Klenov Massif
The last meeting this year of the mayors of the final depository location
for nuclear waste in the Jindrichuv Hradec region took place, as a part of the
meeting of the "Association for the protection of the Klenov Massif" in the early
evening of 29.11.2005, with the participation of the Governor of the South Bohemian
Region Jan Zahradnik, representatives of the Calla association and of the Obcanske
sdruzeni za zivotni prostredi (Civic Initiative for the environment).
begin with, the Mayor of Lodherov Jiri Dvorak summed up the activities that took
place in 2005. After this, Governor Zahradnik spoke, and confirmed the standpoint
of the regional municipal council. This standpoint rejects the placement of a
nuclear depository on the territory of the South Bohemian Region and also the
addition of a third and fourth block in the Temelin nuclear power plant, because
these plans are not in harmony with the concept of an 'active' development of
the region. His exact words were: "It is necessary to completely halt surveys,
because they threaten the good name of the South Bohemian Region." He pointed
to the fact that it is necessary to be aware that the scope of the 100 000-year
decomposition of nuclear waste exceeds the length of geological changes, and so
it is difficult over the entire length of this period to rule out the risk for
such deep storing of radioactive waste. Despite this, he believes that at one
point we will have the opportunity to re-utilize this spent nuclear fuel.
The representative of Calla Edvard Sequens warned against further planned steps
of the Radioactive Waste Repository Authority (RAWRA). This agency plans for next
year trips for mayors to Gorleben in Germany, to Sweden, and further PR activities.
He drew attention to the clash in the negotiations of the representatives of RAWRA,
who promise financial assistance to citizens in the planned localities, whilst
at the same time not supporting an amendment in the nuclear law which would partly
solve this issue, and that at present there is no other legislative possibility
of support for such financial assistance. There was discussion of the fast-approaching
elections, when it will be important for now mayors to respect referenda and for
these mayors to be sufficiently briefed on the theme of nuclear waste. Continuity
of standpoint and co-operative solidarity are important.