Bulgaria Shuts Down Nuclear Plant Project

April 3, 2012

After nearly three decades of work, Albena Simeonova is celebrating a landmark victory in her fight to stop the spread of nuclear power in Bulgaria.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borrisov recently announced that the government is abandoning plans for the Belene nuclear power plant project. Citing growing costs and safety concerns, Borrisov stated, “We cannot afford to pay for it, and there is no way we can make future generations pay.”

Simeonova won the Goldman Prize in 1996 for her contribution to Bulgaria’s environmental policies in the early post-communist era. She has been campaigning against the construction of nuclear power plants since the early 1990’s, despite numerous death threats.