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Italy

Italy closed its four commercial nuclear reactors in 1987 after a national referendum in the wake of the 1986 Chernobyl reactor explosion. However, efforts are underway to restart the Italian nuclear program. In 2003, an attempt to dump Italy's high-level radioactive waste at a single site in the southern community of Scanzano Jonico was met with a successful protest that culminated in a march of 100,000 people.

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Monday
Jan042010

Bribes will decide new reactor sites in Italy

Hardly surprising, coming from the notoriously corrupt Berlusconi government, it has been reported that municipalities willing to take a new reactor will be paid 30 million euros – 6 million for each of the five years of anticipated construction. There is no mention of what happens when the construction projects go beyond schedule (not to mention over budget). Frontrunners are mainly sites originally targeted for reactors before the entire program was shut down by national referendum in 1987 after the Chernobyl explosion. However, the Berlusconi government believes the time is right to over-turn the view of the Italian public. Environmental groups are already organizing opposition.

Monday
Aug032009

French will lead nuclear revival in Italy

The French utility, Electricite de France, will lead the revival of nuclear power in Italy through a joint venture with Italian energy company, Enel. Italy's three operating reactors (the fourth was already closed) were shuttered in 1987 after a national referendum, in large part a response to the Chernobyl accident. Italians experienced the deadly fallout from Chernobyl and endured restrictions on fresh food consumption and outside activities because of the radioactive contamination caused by the Ukraine reactor disaster.

The Berlusconi government passed a new law last month that effectively overturned the will of the Italian people expressed in the 1987 referendum.

Sunday
Jul122009

Showdown at Scanzano: The Italian nuclear waste dump blocade

Paul and Linda Gunter delivered a keynote address at the Peace Action Central New York annual conference, including a narrative about the successful protest in the southern Italian town of Scanzano Jonico when the Italian government attempted to dump the country's high-level waste there. Read the Peace Action summary.

And see an archived story by Linda Gunter in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists - Showdown at Scanzano - about the Scanzano protest. (Note, a scanned version will be available soon).

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