PR:The Day Against the Geological Disposal Facility - April 18, 2015

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Joint Press Release by Organizing Municipalities and Associations dated April 15, 2015

The Day Against the Geological Disposal Facility - April 18, 2015

On Saturday 18th April 2015, there will be held marches, concerts and other events to mark the joint protest in all seven sites in the Czech Republic which were chosen by the Radioactive Waste Repository Authority (RAWRA/SÚRAO) because of the siting process for a geological disposal facility.

UNESCO has declared this day as the International Day for Monuments and Sites. We want to point out that the planned facility would fundamentally change the scenery of the nearby villages and it would become a "memorial" that would last forever.

At the same time we recall that in just one week’s time, 29 years will have passed since the biggest nuclear accident ever – the Chernobyl disaster, the consequences of which will be borne by many future generations.

What is the situation today in the Czech Republic? The state, represented by RAWRA, favors the permanent geological disposal of spent nuclear fuel. He has chosen a total of seven locations where the facility could be built, and prepares for the geological surveys. Most of the inhabitants of the affected municipalities, however, disagrees with this procedure. The reasons can be summarized in two points:

  1. State does not respect the opinion of people in municipalities that are threatened by the construction of the geological disposal facility.The state struggles to start geological surveys without having resolved legislatively equal role for municipalities and itself. Adoption of the draft Act that would strengthen the position of municipalities to the level which is usual abroad, is boycotted by the state. At the same time, the proposal for a new Act was agreed by representatives of governments, NGOs, ministries and experts from the fields of law, sociology and nuclear safety.
  2. The State proceeds without a proper plan. The criteria for the siting process for a geological disposal facility are not clearly defined and therefore it is not evident how the planned geological surveys can contribute to the selection of some sites. The state also proposes to build more nuclear reactors - and thus to increase the amount of spent nuclear fuel - without a transparent and generally accepted idea about how to solve the problem of radioactive waste. By permanent geological disposal of radioactive waste without no option for retrievability the state deprives future generations of the opportunity to find another, sustainable solution for the long-term.

Each site is unique, therefore each of the organizers of the protest action adapts their form to the local conditions. Our common goal is to draw attention to the problem of geological disposal of spent nuclear fuel and launch a nationwide debate which would involve not only the inhabitants of the concerned sites, but also scientists, journalists and the general public. We consider unacceptable to transfer consequences of irresponsible management of the state on several municipalities that have no legal possibility to influence the decision-making process.

Here is a brief overview of events and contacts of the organizers who will give you detailed information:

  • The BŘEZOVÝ POTOK site

The Relay Race, Concert and Happening with the Motto "Let Us Not Give It Up" + Alarm Church Bells Ringing + the Information Stall at the Easter Fair in Horažďovice
Organizers: Municipalities of Chanovice, Kvášňovice, Maňovice, Olšany, Pačejov, Velký Bor, the City of Horažďovice and non-governmental organization "Nuclear waste – No, thank you!"
Petr Klásek Černický, Mayor of Chanovice, tel.: 606 745 795, e-mail: obec DOT chanovice AT email DOT cz[1]
Jan Vavřička, Mayor of Pačejov, tel.: 606 794 046, e-mail: starosta AT pacejov DOT cz[1]
František Kába, NGO Jaderný odpad – děkujeme nechceme!“, tel.: 731 609 596, e-mail: frantisek DOT kaba AT net4gas DOT cz[1]

  • The ČERTOVKA site

The March from Blatno through Lubenec to Libyně + Concert of Václav Pavelka’s Band
Organizers: NGO Za záchranu kostela sv. Jiljí, the municipality of Lubenec and NGO SOS Lubenec
Jitka Kantová, NGO Za záchranu kostela sv. Jiljí, tel.: 603 818 185, e-mail: skloart AT skloart DOT cz[1]

  • The ČIHADLO site

The March from Lodhéřov to the Čertův kámen
Petr Nohava, Deputy Mayor of Pluhův Žďár, tel.: 720 578 341, e-mail: p DOT nohava AT gmail DOT com[1]
Zdeněk Leitner, Mayor of Okrouhlá Radouň, tel.: 607 711 684, e-mail: leinerzd AT seznam DOT cz[1]

  • The HORKA site

The Star-shape March from Hodov, Rudíkov, Budišov, Rohy and Nárameč to the Horka site Accompanied by a Cultural Program
Organisers: NGO Zdravý domov Vysočina
Oldřich Svoboda, NGO Zdravý domov Vysočina, tel.: 602 788 543, e-mail: oldrich DOT svoboda AT sva DOT cz[1]
Jana Nožičková, NGO Zdravý domov Vysočina, tel.: 775 009 778, e-mail: jana DOT nozickova AT centrum DOT cz[1]

  • The HRÁDEK site

The Star-shape March to Čeřínek + Concert "Proletarians of All Countries” + Photo Exhibition of Vulnerable Nature Sites + Exhibition of Cartoons + the Evening Concert of Durkheim Dolls, Magic Rock Theatre Brno
Organisers: Municipalities of Hojkov, Rohozná, Nový Rychnov, Milíčov, Cejle, NGO 2. Alternativa of Dolní Cerekev, NGO Bezjaderná vysočina, NGO KUŠ and NGO Čistá Rohozná
Jana Vitnerová, NGO Bezjaderná vysočina, tel.: 775 315 818, e-mail: vitnerova AT seznam DOT cz[1]
Milada Duchanová, Mayor of Hojkov, tel.: 607 116 535, e-mail: ouhojkov AT tiscali DOT cz[1]
Matěj Kolář, NGO KUŠ, tel.: 776 357 898, e-mail: groban AT seznam DOT cz[1]

  • The KRAVÍ HORA site

The March from Drahonín and Skalka to the Kraví hora Site, the Afternoon Program in a Myslivecká chata in Drahonín
Organisers: NGO Nechceme úložiště Kraví hora
Martin Schenk, NGO Nechceme úložiště Kraví hora, tel.: 777 646 646, e-mail: martin DOT schenk AT habri DOT cz[1]

  • The MAGDALENA site

The March “Through the Region Where There Will Be No Geological Disposal Facility"
Organisers: The Parish Committee of Makov supported by the town of Jistebnice and municipalities of Nadějkov, Božetice and NGO Zachovalý kraj
Marie Šittová, The Parish Committee of Makov, tel. 776 707 268, e-mail: majasitova AT seznam DOT cz[1]
Olga Černá, NGO Zachovalý kraj, tel.: 737 166 733, e-mail: olga DOT cerna AT gmail DOT com[1]

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