Resolution adopted at the EGP Council, Berlin, 16-18 March 2007 (.pdf)
Construction of the first floating atomic power stations (APS) has begun in the naval dockyard near Arkhangel’sk (White Sea, Russia). The Russian authorities declare that Russia intends to export those floating APS to the regions of South-East Asia, Africa, South America, Mediterranean Sea and that some countries have already expressed their wish to obtain these stations on a leasing base.
The nuclear reactor for floating APS is even more dangerous than the one used for surface ones. The statistical analysis of the damage caused to its prototype – nuclear reactors on ice-breakers just proves this fact. Besides, Russia, like the rest of the rest world, has not solved the problems caused by nuclear waste and spent fuel.
The floating APS will become very attractive targets for international terrorism as they provide an ideal opportunity for terrorists who want to detonate a nuclear explosion. Also, their spread will counter the aims of the non-proliferation treaty as two reactors on floating APS contain the amount of highly-enriched uranium needed to manufacture dozens of nuclear bombs.
The European Green Party calls upon the Russian Government to spend its money solving the problems of nuclear waste, meeting the social security needs of tens of thousands of people suffering the effects of Soviet nuclear programs as well as on the development of renewable sources of energy instead of building new dangerous installations such as floating APS.
The European Green Party calls upon the International Atomic Energy Agency to prevent the proliferation of atomic materials and nuclear technologies through the construction of floating APS.