Temelin nuclear power back on line after three month shutdown

The Czech Republic's controversial Temelin nuclear power plant was started up for tests again on Sunday following a three-month shutdown for repairs. Officials said the reactor would be brought up to 55 percent of its operating capacity within days. The move was immediately criticised by the Czech branch of the environmental organisation Greenpeace and Austrian environmentalist groups, who say the plant is unsafe. Temelin was shut down in early May due to strong vibrations in the generating turbine. The plant, 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.