Ecologists blockade Temelin

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A group of around thirty environmental protestors temporarily blockaded the main entrance to the Temelin nuclear power plant in South Bohemia on Monday morning. The Czech demonstrators were there to protest against technical problems at the plant that have caused test operations to be halted several times in the recent past. The most recent shutdown at Temelin was caused by a fault in steam pipes that are apparently not directly related to the plant's nuclear reactor. The company in charge of constructing the facility, CEZ, hopes to renew tests in late February. The protest lasted more than an hour and coincided with a visit to Temelin of an international safety inspection mission, which includes experts from the US, and around Europe.