Nuclear info

Published: Tuesday 15 December 2009

Greenpeaces Romanian chapter has won a lawsuit against the countrys economy ministry over access to information on the location of future nuclear power plants. In March 2009, Greenpeace asked the ministry for a list of 100 locations canvassed as possible sites for the construction of the plants in Romania.

The ministry had claimed that revealing the candidate sites for future nuclear power plants would lead to protests at the sites, according to a Greenpeace spokesperson. But a court in Bucharest ruled, It is ridiculous to withhold information as confidential because you fear its release would lead to protests. The court also ruled that withholding information was contravention of the Aarhus ConventionRomania is a signatory to the Europe-wide convention which grants the public rights regarding access to information on matters of environment.

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