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Swiss call time on nuclear power

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Swiss call time on nuclear power


The Swiss government has decided to scrap its five nuclear reactors by not extending them beyond their scheduled working lives. It has also decided they will not be replaced.

The decision comes at a time when the nuclear industry is in worldwide crisis following the Fukushima disaster in Japan, and a safety debate is ongoing in Europe.
The decision will need to be ratified by parliament.

The process will begin in 2019 and conclude with the closure of the last reactor in 2034. The Swiss energy minister says security is the prime concern.

“In the long term we can increase renewable energies, build hydroelectric plants, and work on energy efficiency,” said Doris Leuthard.

The decision has been welcomed by anti-nuclear campaigners, while the confederation of Swiss industry has called the move “irresponsible”, and called on parliament to find an acceptable solution. It will decide by mid-June.

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