Germany to scrap nuclear power

30th May 2011

Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government was reported on The Guardian website coming to the decision following Japan's Fukushima disaster.

The coalition wants to keep the eight oldest of Germany's 17 nuclear reactors permanently shut. Seven were closed temporarily in March, just after the earthquake and tsunami hit Fukushima. One has been off the grid for years.

Another six would be taken offline by 2021, environment minister Norbert Roettgen said early on Monday after late-night talks in the chancellor's office between leaders of the centre-right coalition.

The remaining three reactors, Germany's newest, would stay open until 2022 as a safety buffer to ensure no disruption to power supply, he said.

The decision could still face opposition from RWE, E.ON, Vattenfall and EnBW, the utility companies that run the 17 plants.

On the Financial Times website (paywall) the decision is reported as a 'high risk move'.

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