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Germany’s nuclear plans worrying Austrian government

Austria passed a law in 1978 prohibiting the use of nuclear energy for electricity generation.

It has repeatedly expressed concern about the safety of a number of nuclear power plants in neighbouring countries, such as Germany, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Austria disappointed by Germany’s nuclear plans, Expatica Germany, 28 Sept 10, Austria, which has outlawed nuclear energy, expressed disappointment Tuesday at the decision by neighbouring Germany to postpone by more than a decade its planned phase-out of nuclear power.“There’s only one thing that is enduring about nuclear energy and that is the risk,” Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann said in an official reaction to the decision by the German cabinet to extend the lifetime of Gernany’s nuclear reactors by up to 14 years….

Environment minister Nikolaus Berlakovich described Berlin’s decision as a “setback”, adding that Germany “would have been an important partner for Austria.”

Austria passed a law in 1978 prohibiting the use of nuclear energy for electricity generation.

It has repeatedly expressed concern about the safety of a number of nuclear power plants in neighbouring countries, such as Germany, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Berlakovich said his overriding concern was “maximum safety” and Austria would ask Germany to explain what impact its decision might have for its neighbour at a bilateral meeting next month……

The environmental group Greenpeace urged chancellor Faymann to summon the German ambassador to explain Berlin’s decision.

“The junk reactor Isar-1 is an immense risk,” Greenpeace said in a statement.

Austria disappointed by Germany’s nuclear plans < German news | Expatica Germany

September 29, 2010 - Posted by | EUROPE, politics international | , , ,

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