Anti-nuclear Movement in Lithuania

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Atomic Policy in Lithuania

Lithuania is decommissioning the Soviet built Ignalina nuclear power plant and is planning a new one at the same site, despite that citizens voted against it in a nation-wide referendum held on October 14th, 2012. In the past Ignalina nuclear power plant (INPP) consisted of two RBMK type reactors (the same as in Chernobyl), which were built while Lithuania was member of the Soviet Union. INPP produced up to about 70-80 percent of the country's electricity. In 1992, a nuclear fuel cassette was stolen from the Ignalina nuclear power plant. In 1994, a terror act was proposed and the power plant was stopped for a few days. Lithuania had to close INPP as a condition to join EU, due to safety reasons. The first reactor was closed in 2004, the second in 2009. INPP now is the biggest energy consumer in the country. In 2010, radioactive liquids were released in the surrounding area of the plant; it was officially claimed not to be dangerous.

Despite these difficulties, Lithuanian politicians are planning a new atomic power station (Visaginas - VNPP) at the same site. In 2006, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia decided to build the new nuclear power plant together. Later Poland joined the project, but recently was hesitant whether to want to join the project when they got to know the conditions with the constructor Hitachi-GE. In 2007, Lithuania's parliament adopted a law on building a new NPP. The law also stipulated the creation of a "national investor" to gain investments for the new nuclear power plant[1].

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Anti-nuclear groups

  1. Atgaja
    • Bendrija "Atgaja", office: Maironio g.14-6, Kaunas; postal address: ACP p.d. 156, Kaunas, LT-44002; phone: +370 699 33661; fax: +370 425207; info AT atgaja.lt[2]
  2. Lietuvos Antiatominis Judejimas
  3. Už referendumą
  4. Ecodefense!
  5. Ekoaugimas
  6. Žali.lt

Organizations/institutions connected to nuclear issues


  1. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL2870020520070628 as at April 28, 2013
  2. For protection against automatical email address robots searching for addresses to send spam to them this email address has been made unreadable for them. To get a correct mail address you have to displace "AT" by the @-symbol.

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