Greenpeace activists hide overnight at Swedish nuclear plants

STOCKHOLM, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Six environmental activistsevaded police and hid overnight at two Swedish nuclear powerplants after the sites were invaded on the previous day byGreenpeace campaigners demanding the closure of the stations ongrounds of poor security.

A spokeswoman for Greenpeace Nordic said on Wednesday thesix had remained in restricted areas around the west-coastRinghals plant and Forsmark on the east coast by hiding onrooftops.

On Tuesday, plant owner Vattenfall said police haddetained in all 59 people who had climbed over or cut throughfences into the grounds of Ringhals and Forsmark.

"There was a heavy police search yesterday and still theydidn't find them," spokeswoman Birgitte Lesanner said.

She said police resumed the searches again Wednesday morningafter one of those hiding at Ringhals tweeted her whereabouts.

"I'm inside Ringhals have been here for 27h + no guardsseems to be looking. Security at Swedish NPPs (nuclear powerplants) terrible," Isadora Wronski tweeted.

A Vattenfall spokesman said police had found and detainedall six by mid-day.

State-owned Vattenfall said on Tuesday security measures hadworked as planned, while Greenpeace said its "stress test"showed the plants had serious safety deficiencies and urged thegovernment to shut the reactors.

Swedish nuclear plants have suffered several incidents inrecent years, including a fire at a Ringhals reactor last year,fuelling criticism of nuclear power in the country.

Swedes voted in a 1980 referendum to phase out nuclearpower. The centre-right government which took power in 2006decided in 2010, however, to allow the replacement of existingreactors with new ones.

The country has in all 10 nuclear reactors at three plants,generating some 40 percent of the country's electricity.Vattenfall in July filed an application to Sweden's RadiationSafety Authority to replace one or two reactors in Sweden.

(Reporting by Anna Ringstrom; Editing by Anthony Barker)

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