Czech liability for nuclear damage in billions instead of trillions

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CEZ operator insures its nuclear power plant assets against damage of up to tens of billions crowns, while the Czech administration avoids fully insuring residents and entrepreneurs around Dukovany and Temelin Nuclear Power Plants against a nuclear accident. Is it just an effort to save money what’s hiding behind the behavior of Czech institutions?

Czech officials from the Ministry of Industry and Trade do not want to liability amount from the current CZK 8 billion to a minimum of CZK 9.4 billion, as required from the Czech Republic by the 1997 Supplementary Protocol to the Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage. For years, they have been refusing to ratify this updated Convention that the Czech Republic has signed.

However, the sum of 9.4 billion crowns is still pitifully little compared to the Japanese, Belorussian and French estimates of the impacts of a nuclear accident. According to the French Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), a more accurate quantification of the nuclear damage is 10.9 trillion crowns. See the Calla‘s press release of August 21, 2017.

Olga Kališová, Calla (September 3, 2017)