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BRAZIL: GOVERNMENT MOVES FORWARD ON NEW NUCLEAR PLANTS DESPITE OPPOSITION

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Title: BRAZIL: GOVERNMENT MOVES FORWARD ON NEW NUCLEAR PLANTS DESPITE OPPOSITION
Author: Jose Pedro Martins
Subject: Brazil
nuclear plants
opposition
coalition
income jobs
environmental organizations
Programa Nuclear Brasileiro
Angras dos Reis
Rio de Janeiro
Westinghouse
Siemens-KWE
Areva
Brazil-German agreement
Plano Decenal de Expansao de Energia
PDE
nuclear power
alternative energy sources
nuclear activity
Chernobyl
alternative-energy
global warming
nuclear lobby
electricity generation
Lula da Silva
Uranium
Caetite
Bahia
Rio Cristal
Para
Amazon
yellowcake production
Plano Nacional de Energia
competition
Eletronuclear
COPPE
energy distribution system
Recife
Pernambuco
Salvador
potential damage to the ecosystems
Lagoa Real
hydroelectric energy
Article 226
oppositions to new plants
Edson Duarte
Partido Verde Bahia
PVB
risk nuclear accident
uranium exploration in Caetite
radioactivity
Instituto de Gestao das Aguas e Clima
INGA
Greenpeace
Grupo Ambientalist da Bahia
GAMBA
Asociacao Brasileira
ABDAN
Abstract: A large coalition is being formed to oppose two nuclear-power plants that the Brazilian government plans to build in the northeast. At the same time, sectors of some states in the area are competing for the plants in the hope of generating income and jobs. Social and environmental organizations believe that the region, which has the greatest inequality in the country, cannot afford this project. The announced construction of the two nuclear plants has renewed criticism of the Programa Nuclear Brasileiro, which oversaw construction of two nuclear facilities in the city of Angra dos Reis in Rio de Janeiro state. Angra 1 was built by US firm Westinghouse and Angra 2 was built by Siemens-KWE under the Acordo Nuclear Brasil-Alemanha, signed in the 1970s during the 1964-1985 military dictatorship. The Brazil-German agreement envisioned construction of eight nuclear-energy plants in Brazil, but only Angra 2 has been completed. The Angra-3 plant is under construction, with participation of the French group Areva. Angra 3 is scheduled to become operational in 2014, according to the Plano Decenal de Expansao de Energia (PDE) 2007-2016. Nevertheless, strong opposition from various sectors of civil society, as well as legal and technical questions, has caused delays.
Date: 2010-03-05
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/11024


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