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01/04/2010 10:50 AM ID: 82315 Permalink   

Lithuania: Massive Chernobyl-Type Nuclear Reactor Shut Down at EU´s Behest


Lithuania: The Ignalina nuclear power plant, one of the world's largest nuclear reactors, will cease operations on Friday as part of the agreement for Lithuania to join the EU. Lithuania requested a 2-3 year extension but was denied.

The EU deems the 1,320 megawatt reactor, which supplies 70 percent of the country's energy, unsafe. The Ignalina plant is a larger version of the reactor that melted down at Chernobyl, the worst civilian nuclear disaster to date.

Lithuanians remain unconvinced on the move with many unhappy about the loss of jobs and cheap energy during a recession. There is also a fear that they will be dependent on Russian gas, which has been stopped without warning elsewhere.

    WebReporter: ixuzus Show Calling Card      
ASSESS this news: BLOCK this news. Reason:
think with the shut down of the nuclear reactor the EU in turn will grant all help to Lithuania as noone wants a nuclear disaster like it was in Chernobyl.
  by: vizhatlan     01/04/2010 02:10 PM     
  Simple fix for that...  
Eat more beans and create your own gas.
  by: aviavy   01/04/2010 03:50 PM     
"the EU in turn will grant all help to Lithuania"

Yeah for a price. The EU can´t have a country that is autonomous. Control by means of infrastructure and supply.
  by: modom56k   01/04/2010 07:11 PM     
  Ass Grab  
Chernobyl because some scientists tried something and shut down all the security precautions. What is the problem with Lithuania?
  by: kmazzawi     01/04/2010 08:08 PM     
If this will lead to S.T.A.L.K.E.R sequels then I say let em keep it.
  by: Anost1   01/04/2010 08:08 PM     
  Chernobyl reactors  
by design aren´t as safe as Western reactors. They use graphite as a moderator and water as a cooling agent. That takes away a built-in fail-safe when water fills both functions. Also the Chernobyl design lacked a containment building. Granted the Lithuanians are probably more adept at managing this than the Soviets were, but it still is a risky design. The EU should have granted the extension provided Lithuania was building or finding a replacement for this.
  by: cranky_paranoid     01/04/2010 11:39 PM     
i remember when we joined the EU then had to close some big factories on its behest, i think it´s useful for us being an EU member. Since the communist system many things are changed, it can be better than worse already i think. Not only we but other countries too where communist sysems were the situation is similar.
  by: vizhatlan     01/05/2010 11:12 AM     
  . other countries too....
  by: vizhatlan     01/05/2010 11:27 AM     
  @ Viz  
So you trade one ideological prison for another?
  by: modom56k   01/05/2010 04:38 PM     
I have lived in Lithuania for the past 6 years. The plant was highly inefficient, really. For awhile, I taught English to some of their Atomic Waste engineers when they were building the disposal containers.

It was shut down in two phases- I think it was technically two reactors at one site and now the finally closed it down entirely.

They (the EU, not just Lithuania) shut it down after prolonging its running life further than what is considered safe.

It´s only a few hours from where I am right now (I don´t live all the time in Lithuania anymore....) but we´ve been joking for a long time that we always expected to get killed by that plant.

Sure, energy was cheaper... but at what potential cost. I know guys that had to go to Chernobyl after the accident to clean up (ironically, the Soviet Union sent mostly Lithuanians to do this) and now they are suffering with tumors and sterility, etc.

Good riddance! I also believe that 90 percent of Lithuania´s population live in terrible housing that is incredibly energy-wasting. If they put money into updating homes then everyone would save money. I live in a new flat and have very low heating bills, compared to someone across the river that lives in a 100 year old building or in one of the Soviet-era block houses...

P.S. Russia hasn´t just stopped gas ´elsewhere´ as reported by this article- Russia shut off the gas here a few times after Independence.
  by: theironboard     01/05/2010 09:53 PM     
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