Budapest, March 15 (MTI) – Green opposition party Politics Can Be Different (LMP) on Tuesday called for a review of the Paks nuclear power plant, monitored by independent experts, in light of the nuclear catastrophe in Japan.
The tragedy in Japan shows again that the use of nuclear energy is first of all a question of safety and only second a question of economic and energy policy, LMP said in a statement sent to MTI.
A review of the technical and safety conditions at the Paks reactors must be carried out to determine if an extension of their lifespan is possible or should even be allowed, LMP said.
The lifespan of the plant’s four blocks, completed between 1982 and 1987, were originally set to end in 2012-17, but a planned project will extend the reactors’ operation by another 20 years.
The Paks plant in central Hungary, the country’s only nuclear power plant, accounted for more than 42pc of electricity generated last year.