"You make very good sense as a literary playboy, talking about what needs to change.
But we students were beaten in the square tonight. We children did our job and now
it's the role of the parents to do something."
- Vaclav Klaus Jr to his father (now Prime Minister), on the night of November 17th, 1989.
So, what is Temelin?
Temelin is an unfinished nuclear power plant presently under construction in South Bohemia, the southern part of Czech Republic. It lies 150 kilometres from the capital, Prague.
Unable to sell nuclear reactors in the West, the entire industry is presently looking towards the East for its economic salvation. Projects are underway to build or complete reactors in every country once under the domination of the Soviet Union. This is the story of one such plant, and the resistance to it in a small nation that lies not only at the center of Europe, but at the center of the struggle to end the nuclear industry on this continent.
Temelin is an experiment in two ways: it is both an untested hybrid of old Soviet technology and Western safety systems, and it is the focus of a newly-emerging theory of non-violent resistence to environmental issues in a country where very recent history has confirmed the power of mass protest.
On July 6 - 13 activists will once again block the gates of Temelin. They will do it with barrels, with concrete tubes, with their own bodies. The core Czech group will be joined by hundreds from Germany, Slovakia, Poland, the European Union, the CIS (former USSR), Sri Lanka, and the USA. They will come because they believe, as we do, that moving the industry from one backyard to another is not the answer. They will come because they believe that we must all stand together, reaching across the artificial barriers of race, religion and nation. Only when we have made it impossible to build a nuclear reactor anywhere in the world, when the uranium mines have all been closed, the warheads decommissioned, and the attention of scientists has been turned to a real solution to the problem of radioactive waste, will we be able to say that we have achieved victory.
What finally happens at Temelin will signal the future of the civil nuclear industry in Europe. Join us on a journey into a nuke-free tomorrow. For the Earth, and for all of her children, read on...
Source article at http://www.ecn.cz/temelin/english.htm
SNDP is installed at facilities of Institute of Physics of the Earth (IPE), Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.
SNDP is installed at facilities of Institute of Physics of the Earth (IPE), Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. The main goal of the network is to monitor microseismic activity in the southern part of Czech Republic, including Temelin Nuclear Power Station - Soviet type reactor (http://www.ecn.cz/temelin/ ). The network comprises five field stations, one sub-center, and the main center located at IPE, Brno. The stations are deployed in distances from 5 to 25 kilometers in order to symmetrically cover the area of interest to monitor possible seismic activity with Richter local magnitude 1.0 and higher. Digital real-time data are transmitted via the spread spectrum radio to the sub-center, where real-time, error-corrected data acquisition and processing are performed by REF TEK protocol daemon (RTPD) and the Seismic Network Data Processor (SNDP) running on a SUN Blade 1500 Workstation. After the events are detected and processed, the parametric earthquake information (phases arrival, location, origin time, magnitude, and depth) along with event’s waveform in CSS3.0 format are transmitted in near real-time to the main center located in Brno for further processing and archiving. The network command/control is performed from the main center using the REF TEK Network Controller (RNC2) interface.
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