That a small volunteer initiative called Clean Energy Brigades (organized
by Hnuti DUHA) installs simple energy efficiency measures (e.g., door and
window insulation) in homes and public buildings leading to an energy savings
of 20% in these buildings and preventing 1,300 tons of CO2 emissions yearly.
That an association of towns and villages in the region around Temelin
which was set up by CEZ to support the project turned against the plant,
and 54 of the 60 mayors in the area have sent a letter to Czech Prime Minister
Klaus requesting the project be halted.
That there have been several petition drives against the plant.
The largest, in 1991, gathered over 60,000 signatures nationwide.
That the Czech government has stated that Temelin does not have
to undergo environmental impact studies or public decision making processes
because it was started under Communist leadership.
That in the event of an accident it is not clear who is liable and
lawyers contend that no suit could be held against any of the acting players.
That Temelin will consume over 100 million liters of water each
That numerous independent studies have proven that the construction
of a new 2,000 MW power plant was unnecessary.
That the World Bank, EBRD and European Investment Bank (EIB) have
all rejected applications by CEZ to fund Temelin.
That the multi-national corporation Westinghouse, which is responsible
for building Temelin, has built 52 PWRs in the US and on average they were
420% over the original contracted price and 5 years late.
That the World Bank and other institutions have all done reports
showing energy efficiency would be cheaper than nuclear power in the Czech
Republic and that the amount saved would exceed Temelin's capacity (1600
That CEZ has already sold 15% of Temelin's capacity to Italy and
Switzerland and they hope to sell more.
That before WWII, Czech Republic had over 17,000 micro hydro power
plants producing 400 MW (with current technology these facilities are estimated
to be able to produce 800 MW). There are now fewer than 200 of these plants