MINSK. Feb 26 (Interfax) - The natural resources and environmental protection minister of Belarus claimed on Monday that a proposed nuclear power plant to be built in Belarus would pose no environmental threat.
"If work is organized properly, nuclear power plants are assessed to pose a much lower environmental danger than other sources of energy," Leonty Khoruzhik assured a news conference in Minsk.
He cited comparative analyses of the environmental effects of nuclear and other power plants.
For example, hydroelectric plants were worse, because they could flood lands and upset the natural water balance, Khoruzhik said.
He said hydroelectric plants ranked third in terms of environmental safety as electricity generators, after wind turbines and nuclear plants.