Bad vibes at Temelin as opponents argue over generating turbine

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The dispute continues over safety at the Czech Republic's controversial Temelin nuclear power plant in South Bohemia, which was restarted for tests on Sunday following a three-month shutdown for repairs. Operators at the plant say the tests are going to plan, but anti-nuclear activists in Austria and the Czech Republic say technicians are again battling with heavy vibrations in the plant's generating turbine, the reason why Temelin was shut down for repairs. Temelin, completed last year at a cost of some 100 billion Czech crowns, has been plagued with technical problems since going into test operation last October. Opponents say its mixture of Soviet design and Western operating technology poses a risk to safety; Temelin's state-owned operators CEZ say the plant is safe.