Greenpeace action exposes shockingly weak security at Swedish nuclear plants
On Tuesday this week more than 70 Greenpeace activists took action in what they said was â€œa peaceful stress testâ€ of two Swedish nuclear power plants. The stress test took place shortly a week after a safety report was released by Greenpeace highlighting severe security problems, shortcomings and weaknesses at the aging nuclear reactors in Sweden. The action lasted for two days and revealed the unacceptable lax security at Swedish nuclear plants.
At 7:30 on Tuesday morning around 20 Greenpeace activists wearing lab coats managed to enter the Ringhals nuclear power plant on bicycles. At the same time about 50 other activists used ladders to climb into the Forsmark nuclear power plant.
This is not the first time that Greenpeace activists managed to enter a nuclear power plant in Sweden. Two years ago several activists managed to enter Forsmark. That action caused a great deal of uproar and new security measures were implemented. But apparently those measurements were far from enough.
It took police 40 minutes to get to Ringhals and 15 minutes to get to Forsmark, mostly thanks to the fact that they had a training session not far from the Forsmark plant. The police and security staff initially arrested around 40 activists at Forsmark and around 15 at Ringhals thinking they had found all the intruders at the nuclear plants. In light of this, Vattenfall, one of the owners of the two nuclear plants, proudly said in a press statement that the security had worked â€œexactly as intended." But only hours later police found a couple of more activists hiding inside the nuclear plant area.
But the next morning Greenpeace announced that they still had activists hiding inside one of the two nuclear power plants.
One of the activists tweeted this from inside the Ringhals nuclear plant:
I'm inside Ringhals have been here for 27h + no guards seems to be looking. Security at Swedish NPPs terrible # green #nuclear— Isadora Wronski (@Isadora_Wronski) October 10, 2012
But wait, the humiliation continues. Shortly after the police had arrested the remaining activists at Ringhals, Greenpeace again announced that they still had activists located at the Forsmark nuclear plant. All in all, four activists at Ringhals and two at Forsmark had managed to hide from both the police and the plantâ€™s security personnel for more than 28 hours.
The police and security personnel was unable to find the remaining two activists who were hiding somewhere inside the Forsmark nuclear plant. So after 38 hours the two last activists decided that theyâ€™ve had enough and announced themselves to the security staff. They had been hiding inside one of the electrical substations at the plant, where electricity from Forsmark goes in and out.
Greenpeace sure knows what theyâ€™re doing. First, they tell us about the security problems at Swedish nuclear plants. Then they prove it by completely humiliating the nuclear industry and responsible ministers.