The Antinuclear Movement of the Argentine Republic (MARA), organizations, assemblies, indigenous communities and citizens of the entire country, express our most energetic rejection of the announcement by the national government about the imminent signing of the definitive agreement with China to build the fourth nuclear power plant in power in the province of Buenos Aires, 100 km from the largest urban conglomerate in the country.
Mov press release. Antinuclear of the Argentine Republic (M.A.R.A.)
WE REPUDE that such a decision be taken in an unconsulted and arbitrary manner and we demand the beginning of a deep democratic debate on the continuity of the Argentine nuclear plan designed in times of military dictatorship. It is an illegal process, which must be reported to the Justice, since this contract cannot be signed without a prior environmental impact study and without the rigorous Public Hearing.
WE ALERT to the population that they would transform us into the nuclear guinea pigs of China.
The deal is for a third-generation model, Hualong One, an experimental technology with no working reactors.
WE DENOUNCE that the nuclear plant is an energy nonsense and that the very high construction costs will be subsidized by the Argentine people, carrying the Chinese government loan on our backs. That energy could easily be replaced with clean, renewable sources for a third of the cost of the projected nuclear power plant.
CHERNOBYL reminds us these days that a nuclear disaster is the death sentence for populations and territories. The former undersecretary of nuclear energy of the nation, Julián Gadano, recognized in 2017 that if a nuclear accident occurred "we would starve, because we could not sell food to anyone." Three nuclear power plants together 100 km from Federal Capital and 80 km from Uruguay make up a potential Chernobyl.
WE REITERATE the decision of the Patagonian Assemblies in 2017 to prevent, "by all means within the law, the installation of the aforementioned power generation plant."
Patagonia was an example of social mobilization, rejecting the Chinese plant and obtaining in a few months a law that prohibits the installation of nuclear power plants in Río Negro.
WE URGE the community in general to inform themselves and take a position on a transcendental issue for life. Staying on the sidelines is immoral. We declare ourselves in a state of ALERT AND MOBILIZATION given the government's manifest decision to move forward with the nuclear project. Our country also has the solidarity of activists from all over the planet gathered at the recent "World Anti-Nuclear Social Forum" in Madrid, Spain.
In Rio Negro No
In Patagonia No
In Buenos Aires No
On Earth No - NO IS NO -
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The representation in Argentina of the international organization Greenpeace, meanwhile, pointed out that "investing in nuclear energy is a huge and unnecessary risk."
“It is an energy that is 5 to 6 times more expensive than renewable energy. While developed countries plan to leave nuclear energy, Argentina insists on the mistake. Germany, for example, wants to close its plants by 2022; we plan to start that same year to produce more, "said Leonel Mingo, Greenpeace Argentina's campaign coordinator.
"The local examples show that the costs exceed the predicted calculations," Mingo said, adding that "the construction of a plant can take 20 or 30 years and its dismantling involves very high costs."
Greenpeace recalled that the waste generated by nuclear plants "is the most persistent that is known."
Source: Antinuclear Movement of the Argentine Republic