Wednesday, 13 April 2011
As things progress at Fukushima and the increasing understanding around the world of how dangerous nuclear energy is the question is will Olkiluoto and Flammanville ever be commissioned? or will they remain giant empty non toxic, non radioactive cathedrals to the follies of human kind.
Greenpeace activists demonstrated at the Olkiluoto nuclear plant on Monday morning, aiming to highlight shortcomings in the plant’s security. The activists described protesting at the territory of the nuclear facility, but the energy company Teollisuuden Voima says they only got as far as the office area.
Greenpeace announced that two of its activists would visit the Olkiluoto nuclear plant area early in the morning in order to demonstrate security deficiencies at the facility.
The organisation says that the activists got into the facility through the intake opening for cooling water, after which they proceeded to demonstrate on a rooftop inside the facility.
Security guards at the nuclear plant detained the activists, and the police then took them away, according to Senior Vice President for Corporate Relations Anna Lehtiranta from Teollisuuden Voima.
Lehtiranta says that it is impossible to block the cooling water intake opening. According to Lehtiranta, activists did not get through to the real nuclear facility territory, but only to the office area. They were however near the nuclear plant, Lehtiranta acknowledges.
Operating personnel and guards are present at the Olkiluoto nuclear facility around the clock, but for security reasons Lehtiranta declined to say how many.
Police questioned and released the three intruders on Monday afternoon. A preliminary investigation into the incident is continuing.
Posted by Reg Illingworth at 01:20