New Nuclear Plant's Future Uncertain After Lithuanian Referendum

The Lithuanian electorate registered its opposition to the proposed Visaginas nuclear plant in a non-binding referendum Sunday while on the same ballot ousting the ruling prime minister who supported the project.

Lithuanian flag. Source: WikipediaRoughly 65 percent of those voting opposed plans to build a nuclear plant in the country's northeast with GE-Hitachi, Latvia and Estonia, Ria Novosti reported. The Lithuanian Parliament had already passed legislation allowing the project to move forward, though, and it remains uncertain what the newly empowered legislators will do in response to the referendum.

In the coming weeks, three parties previously in the opposition will work to form a government to replace that of Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius, whose Homeland Union party became unpopular for its austerity measures. The leader of one of the former opposition parties, the Social Democrats, was quoted by international media on Monday as saying negotiations with plant partners would continue and that he did not anticipate a "hasty decision" on the project's fate. The leader of the Labor Party, which led in the elections, suggested the issue may be put to another referendum vote in a few years when the price of construction becomes clearer.

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    "The Latvian Parliament had already passed legislation allowing the project to move forward, though, and it remains uncertain what the newly empowered legislators will do in response to the referendum."

    - It should be "The Lithuanian Parliament had already passed....."

  • Thanks for the heads up -- I've corrected the post.

    Peter

    Nuclear Street News Team