Klymenko: the power prepares nuclear dependence and burial ground for ukraine
Instead of the development of clean energetics, Ukrainian government strengthens the country’s dependence on nuclear power plants and is going to build a nuclear waste storage near Kyiv. It was written by Oleksandr Klymenko, the leader of the “Uspishna Kraina”, on his Facebook page on the eve of the 31st anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy.
The politician notes that Ukraine is “one hundred and fifty paces behind”, meanwhile “anti-uranium mood” and “closure of coal power plants” are intensified in Europe. According to him, current actions of the power can lead not only to with economic losses for the country, but also to a direct threat to lives and health of Ukrainians.
“In 2016, 52% of the electricity was produced at nuclear power plants. During the first quarter of this year, it has reached 55.4%. At the same time, the majority of reactors of nuclear power plants has fulfilled its project resource”, – Klymenko emphasized.
In addition, the issue of reconstruction of TPP for gas coal instead of anthracite is actively promoted in Ukraine. Despite the fact that gas fuel pollutes the environment more.
The leader of the “Uspishna Kraina” believes that construction of a nuclear waste storage near Kyiv (nuclear power plant reprocessing products) – it is another environmental threat for Ukrainians. Two land plots (total area of 45.2 hectares) in the Chernobyl zone have been allocated for this project. Moreover, it was received a loan of USD 300 million from the USA for the construction of nuclear waste repository.
“The authorities are going to keep the processed fuel on the surface of the earth, at a distance of 70 kilometres from Kyiv, near the Dnieper River, which provides half the country with water. The project contradicts the provisions of nuclear safety and creates risks of accidents”, – politician stated.
According to him, instead of building nuclear waste storage, the Chernobyl area requires an active restoring and development: creation of new enterprises, construction of stations on deferrization of water, roads. The territory of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant should become a large-scale pilot project, which can produce solar, wind and bioenergy.
Klymenko also believes that nowadays, employees of unprofitable and closed Ukrainian mines (miners, engineers, builders) should be reoriented to production of wind power and other clean types of energy.
“According to my calculations, it can take 18 years and about USD 28 billion (funds that are allocated from the state budget and provided by investors) to refuse from electric energy, which requires coal and uranium fuel in its production. However, it is worth it. I believe that our grandchildren will live in a completely different Ukraine”, – the leader of the “Uspishna Kraina” summed up.
Link to source: Official website of Oleksandr Klymenko