30 May '11, 6am

Germany announces end to nuclear power by 2022

Germany announces end to nuclear power by 2022

BERLIN: Germany on Monday became the first major industrialised power to agree an end to nuclear power in the wake of the disaster in Japan, with a phase-out due to be completed by 2022. Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen announced the decision early Monday by the centre-right coalition, which was prompted by the crisis at Japan's Fukushima plant, calling it "irreversible". "After long consultations, there is now an agreement by the coalition to end nuclear energy," he told reporters after seven hours of negotiations into the small hours at Chancellor Angela Merkel's offices. "This decision is consistent, decisive and clear." Germany has 17 nuclear reactors on its soil, eight of which are currently off the electricity grid. Seven of those offline are the country's oldest nuclear reactors, which the federal government shut down for three months pending a safety probe aft...

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