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Activist break-in prompts ministry crisis meet

The Local · 10 Oct 2012, 17:47

Published: 10 Oct 2012 17:47 GMT+02:00

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The break-in prompted a full day's meeting between Ek, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, and representatives from energy providers Vattenfall and Eon.

However, Ek was unable to come to any conclusions as to how the activists managed to remain hidden for more than 30 hours since Tuesday.

“We've had a good discussion, but not everything has been explained yet. Therefore we will have another meeting in about a month’s time,” Ek said during a press conference following the meeting.

Ek said that she was concerned with what had happened and that the further into restricted areas the activists managed to penetrate, the more serious a security breach it was.

She stressed, however, that the activists had only managed to get into the outer security zones so far.

“But nevertheless – it is serious,” she said.

At the press conference it was also confirmed that one man has been detained after being arrested around midday on Wednesday near Ringhals nuclear plant.

“He was arrested at noon outside of Ringhals. We think there is a connection between him and a car we found nearby. Now we are investigating his connection to the activists found inside the security zone,” said Ingemar Nilja of the local police to news agency TT earlier on Wednesday.

The detention order was issued by a prosecutor around 4pm on Wednesday. The four activists that were arrested on Wednesday morning after spending the night at the plant have been released.

The fact that the activists have managed to breach the security zones makes it necessary to question how good the security is in the outer security zones, said Ek at the press conference:

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“There are still many questions that need answering,” she said.

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Your comments about this article

20:44 October 10, 2012 by Hamsterdam
Ooh a "crisis" meeting to discuss a "serious" situation.

Per-lease. Is this a spoof report from a fake news site? Ah yes, got one of those correct. Jokers the lot.
20:46 October 10, 2012 by rise
Sentence the Greenpeace activists as the terrorists they are!
20:54 October 10, 2012 by johan rebel
Such high risk objects should be protected with a shoot-to-kill policy.

You want to climb over the fence? Sure, go ahead and pay the ultimate penalty.
07:53 October 11, 2012 by robban70226
luckily they where nor terrorist going to blow up the reactor, hope something is learned about this ''security fiasco.
09:46 October 11, 2012 by Reason and Realism
I am in favour of keeping the nuclear power plants in Sweden open for at least the next two decades, while investing in hydro electric power if there are still any suitable rivers to dam up, and keeping an eye on other energy sources in case any of these have a breakthrough in cost or performance.

Nuclear power is climate neutral. A panicky switch to coal would accelerate global warming and would only have polar bears treading water sooner rather than later in the North Atlantic (but maybe this is what Greenpeace wants, to add to the food supply of all the whales they have saved).

I'm sure Greenpeacenicks would have us believe that they stood with their hands quivering over the big red 'induce multiple meltdowns now!' button in the middle of the reactor complex, while the truth is that they were probably 75m or more away from any place where even a modest sized bomb could have led to a radiation leak.

They feel they have made a point that the reactors should be shut down, but really they have simply challenged those responsible for improving security to do so. If security improves and the reactors remain running, then that is fine by me.
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