The Minister's decision to support RAWRA has disappointed the members of the Platform Against Repository
"Just as it is not possible to revive corpses, it is impossible to extend permits that have expired", this was lawyer Doucha’s reaction to the Minister of the Environment Brabec‘s November decision to bring the issue of expired validity of exploration permits for geological exploration for potential repository sites in the Czech Republic back to life. Since March, when the Minister took a firm position against the Radioactive Waste Repository Authority (RAWRA)’s request to extend the validity after the expiry date, there has been a 180-degree turnaround. Members of the Platform Against Repository are disappointed with the new developments.
RAWRA realized quickly that it has made a colossal mistake by letting the request for extension slip between its fingers. However, confessing to the error would mean the impossibility of continuing the geological survey and not completing the selection of 4 sites out of seven by 2018. Therefore RAWRA‘s strategy was to deny its error (through contradictory arguments) and to continue works in the sites. Minister Brabec's November decision confirms the theory that the Ministry of the Environment does "cover for" RAWRA and together they want to achieve their goals, regardless of the damaged relations with local municipalities.
Olga Kališová, Calla (November 26, 2017)