LMP accuses government of secrecy on Paks nuclear power plant upgrade

Publicity, professionalism and security are the most important principles in the use of nuclear energy, yet the government has chosen secrecy, outsourcing and political control, the leader of the opposition LMP party's parliamentary group said on Saturday.

Speaking at an online press conference, Laszlo Lorant Keresztes said the government is unwilling to admit that it has made seriously wrong decisions and it is ready to take further ones.

In addition, “substantive information (.) has been classified in connection with the failure to secure a permission for the Paks II [upgrade] project,” he said.

They make wrong decisions such as licensing excavation work in the absence of key permissions, Keresztes said.

The government has reached a dead end over the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel rods. The decisions made in the recent period are especially detrimental to the city of Pecs and Baranya County, he said.

If the government keeps hiding information, LMP will resort to legal means to finally inform the Hungarian public about the state of the Paks nuclear power plant expansion. The opposition party is convinced that the project should not be negotiated in Moscow, behind closed doors, he added.

LMP is of the view that the deeply flawed project should be stopped, Keresztes said.

Jozsef Kobor, LMP’s municipal councillor of Pecs, said the disposal of radioactive waste is a huge problem throughout Europe.

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