There are 18 active nuclear power plants currently operating without a valid license in the European Union, according to a report seen by Business Insider. Many of the power plants should have already been subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), according to a report put together by Germany’s Green Party member and nuclear expert Sylvia Kotting-Uhl. An EIA aims to identify the environmental consequences of major projects, such as the construction of an airport, and has proposed some lesser damaging alternatives. Some of the EU countries running the illegal power plants include the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belgium, Finland, the UK, Sweden, and Switzerland. The number does not take into account the 34 other illegal nuclear power plants in neighboring European countries that aren’t part of the EU. The UN Committee responsible for these investigations is currently examining several nuclear reactors which are said to have been approved in Europe without an EIA.
Business Insider 25th Aug 2019 read more »
Sylvia Kotting-Uhl 18th Aug 2019 read more »
[Machine Translation] Just a few weeks ago, the European Court of Justice declared that the term extension of two Belgian nuclear reactors was unlawful. The approval authority had failed to carry out a transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in the case of an approved extension of the lifetime. However, according to research by the Greens , this is not only true for the Belgian Meiler. At least 18 reactors in the EU and more than a dozen additional ones in neighboring European countries such as Ukraine are likely to run without valid authorization. Again, there was no cross-border EIA. Many of the nuclear power plants are in the criticism because they have exceeded the manufacturer’s most recommended operating age of 40 years or just before. According to lawyer Dörte Fouquet, who specializes in nuclear law, and who conducts such proceedings with the law firm Becker Büttner Held, it would also be necessary to shut down the kilns without complaints in the event of complaints and complaints. At least the permits would have to be made up.
Der Spiegel 16th Aug 2019 read more »