Greenpeace urges Turkey to give up nuclear plant
ATHENS (REUTERS) - Greenpeace called on Turkey on Thursday to give up plans to build a nuclear power plant on its southern coast, saying it endangered the eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans.
"Turkey plans to have 10 nuclear reactors by 2020. With the plants in Bulgaria and Romania, it will really make the Balkans a nuclear powder keg," Stelios Psomas, director of the Greek office of Greenpeace, told a news conference.
Greenpeace urged Turkey to cover its increasing energy needs by conserving and taking advantage of its abundant renewable energy resources.
The Turkish government is due to pick the companies that will build the country's first nuclear power plant in Akkuyu by June. It is estimated to cost $5 billion.
"Today, as we near the 12th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident, we see in the most macabre way what are the terrifying consequences of nuclear technology for our lives, health and environment," Psomas said.
Ukraine's Chernobyl reactor number 4 exploded on April 26, 1986, releasing a deadly radioactive cloud, killing thousands and turning the surrounding area into a wasteland.
"One would expect common sense would have prevailed since but it obviously hasn't. We are determined to support the residents of Akkuyu who are resisting this plant and the Turkish Greenpeace campaigners," Psomas said.
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