Brazil’s Nuke Program Is Step Backward, Says Greenpeace

Greenpeace, one of the world’s best known NGOs, calls Brazil’s new uranium enrichment factory in Resende, Rio de Janeiro, a step backward.

The factory, built at a cost of US$ 172 million to make Brazil independent of enriched uranium imports that costs US$  16 million annually, should go into operation in the next few days.

Guilherme Leonardi, the coordinator for nuclear energy at Greenpeace, says Brazil is investing in a technology that many countries are abandoning. Leonardi disagrees with experts who say that nuclear energy is clean.

"Inevitably nuclear energy produces nuclear waste. And when you are dealing with nuclear energy there is always a risk of an accident at various points in the nuclear fuel cycle – in the processing of nuclear fuel, the generation of energy or in disposing of the nuclear waste," he says.

Leonardi goes on to say that many countries are rethinking the nuclear energy alternative. They are deciding against new nuclear power plants, he explains, which is what Brazil should do.

Greenpeace says that Brazil spent US$ 2.58 billion on the construction of its first nuclear power plant, Angra I. And that the second power plant, Angra II, cost US$ 6 billion.

Agência Brasil

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Election Dysfunction

Only four months before the presidential elections in Brazil, mega investor George Soros told ...

If You Refuse DNA Test, You’re the Father in Brazil

The Brazilian justice is now taking  no for an answer. All men refusing to ...

Brazil Wants US Out of Discussions on Venezuelan-Colombian Dispute

Nestor Kirchner, Argentina’s former president and UNASUR’s (Union of South American Nations) will hold ...

Bosch Opens Anti-Lock Breaking System Factory in Brazil

Bosch is going to open an Anti-Lock Breaking System (ABS) factory in Brazil. The ...

Breaking the Law Brazilian Presidential Candidates Are in Full Campaign

There will be general elections in October, in Brazil, but the rules established by ...

Four Brazilian Indians Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Amongst the 52 Brazilian women nominated for the “1000 Women For the Nobel Peace ...

Brazil’s Agribusiness Model Breeds World Hunger While Fattening Monsanto & Co

In 2008, we wrote yet another chapter about the struggle between the two disputing ...

Brazil Would Take a Seat at UN Even Without Veto Power

A group of four countries that are seeking permanent seats on the UN Security ...