Local residents say no to nuclear plant in Gaski
February 14, 2012
PGE energy group faces opposition against building a nuclear power plant near the town of Mielno, in the Zachodniopomorskie region on the Baltic coast, whose residents voted against the project in the Sunday referendum, the town mayor Olga Roszak-Pezala told a press conference Monday.
There were 2,237 votes against against government plans to build Poland's first nuclear plant in the nearby village of Gaski, and 125 for, Mielno county said on its website Monday.
As the turnout was 57 percent the Economy Ministry will take this result into consideration in further actions concerning nuclear power development in Poland, deputy Economy Minister Hanna Trojanowska said.
According to Mielno commune residents, if built, the nuclear plant will destroy tourism in the region, one of Poland’s favorite sea resort areas, and have a negative impact on the natural environment.
In December 2011 the Polish Energy Group (PGE) said it would launch works on a nuclear plant in 2016 and complete the project in 2020 mentioning Zarnowiec, Choczewo and Gaski on the Baltic coast as possible locations.
PGE is still considering potential locations for the construction and will take into account the residents' opinion before making a final decision in 2013, the company said in a press statement on Monday.
Later the authorities of the Zachodniopomorskie region said PGE got a green light to examine the town of Gaski as potential location for a nuclear power plant.
The final location will be chosen by the end of 2013. Poland wants to build two nuclear power plants, each with the capacity of 3,000 MW.