Data source
Date of text
06 Apr 2000
Country
Seat of court
Strasbourg
Original language

English

Type of text
International court
Reference number
27644/95
Court name
European Court of Human Rights
Justice(s)
E. Palm, E.
L. Wildhaber, L.
A. Pastor Ridruejo, A.
J. Makarczyk, J.
Kuris, P.
Türmen, R.
J.-P. Costa, J.-P.
Tulkens, F.
Strážnická, V.
Fischbach, M.
Butkevych, V.
Casadevall, J.
Zupancic, B.
Greve, H.S.
Baka, A.B.
Maruste, R.
Botoucharova, S.
Mahoney, P.J.
Sources
InforMEA
Keywords
air pollution (non-stationary sources), air pollution (stationary sources), chemical, environmental standard, hazardous substance, hazardous waste, industrial waste, licence, radioactive contamination, radioactive waste

Athanassoglou and the other applicants lived close to a nuclear power plant in Switzterland. The plant got an extension of its operating period. The Court discussed whether there was a "dispute" over a "civil right" concerning the persons living close to the plant, but found both articles not applicable. The applicants had failed to show that the operation of the power plant had exposed them personally to a danger that was not only serious but also specific and, above all, imminent. The majority added (see paragraph 48 of the judgment) that the applicants arguments had to be sufficiently tenable.