Environment: Nuclear debate radiates to Poland
25 March 2011
Polska The Times
“Battle for Polish atom,” headlines Polska The Times on the intensifying public debate on nuclear power in Poland. Next week the issue will be tackled by deputies in the Sejm. The Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) has already launched an idea of a national referendum on construction of Polish nuclear plants. PM Donald Tusk, whose government intends to develop nuclear energy, stressed however that he would call a referendum only “under strong pressure from Polish public opinion”. Meanwhile three corporations: French Areva, American-Japan Toshiba-Westinghouse and GE Hitachi are looking forward to lucrative contracts for building Polish power plants, valued at least 20 billion euros. All potential contractors are deploying “the whole range of PR tricks”, to ensure a competitive edge, the Warsaw daily notes, promising that at least 50 percent of future nuclear plants construction work will be subcontracted to Polish companies.