Lithuania is ready to evacuate more than six thousand people within a radius of 30 kilometers.
The Lithuanian Ministry of the Interior has developed an action plan in case of an accident at the Astravets NPP. Under the most unfavorable circumstances for this country, Lithuania is ready to evacuate more than 6 thousand people within a radius of 30 kilometers, Belsat reports.
The evacuation plan was developed in case of a major accident and wind from the east. A few weeks ago, the Lithuanian government documented a ban on the purchase of electricity from the Belarusian nuclear power plant after its launch, and also expressed a request from the US government to contribute, if not to the halt of the Astravets nuclear power plant construction, then at least to the postponement of its launch.
Linas Balsis, Member of the Seimas, Lithuania:
“She has not started work yet, there are still a lot of things to be done, and there are a lot of disfunctions at the construction site, according to my information. Therefore, there’s a need to stop or suspend the construction of nuclear power plant. To do this, all that is needed is the political will of the Belarusian leadership and negotiations.”
In the meantime, Belarusian Energy Minister Viktar Karankevich is engaged in negotiations on future energy supplies from the nuclear power plant to Ukraine and Poland, the official reported it yesterday. Although the exact date of the station’s launch is still not known.
Georgy Lepin, Professor, liquidator of Chernobyl disaster:
“I consider myself a Russian, but I can say: the stations developed in Russia are far from being perfect. And therefore, they seek to close stations of Russian origin. If, for example, a country joins the European Union, then the Russian stations are immediately closed there.”
Since the beginning of construction, the first reactor’s launch date has been moved twice already. According to the latest plans, the station will be put into operation in November 2019.