LMP opposes power plant upgrade, uranium mining plans

Budapest, May 3 (MTI) – The small opposition LMP does not support plans to upgrade Hungary’s sole nuclear power plant in Paks (C), nor a possible uranium mining project in southern Hungary, LMP group leader Benedek Javor told a press conference in Pecs (S) on Thursday.

Javor said plans in both areas posed significant environmental, health, and financial risks. He added that both upgrading Paks and re-launching uranium mining in the Mecsek hills that the Australian Wildhorse company is seeking, were speculative projects and neither had a strong technical basis.


Concerning uranium mining, Javor added that no impact analyses had been prepared to define how the risks could be minimised and how ramifications of the proposed mining activity could be neutralised.


The Fidesz centre-right government indicated in 2011 that the lifespan of the existing reactors could be extended by 20 years, as well as being expanded.