German nuclear power plants to shut down by 2022

By on May 30, 2011 in Environment, Europe Comments

Environment Minister Norbert Rottgen
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Year 2022 is the agreed date for all nuclear power plants in Germany to be shutdown as announced by Germany’s ruling coalition, May 30, 2011, on various European news sites.

According to reports, Environment Minister Norbert Rottgen issued the declaration moments after the meeting of the ruling coalition that concluded in the early hours of Monday.

Apparently, the devastation brought about by the tsunami that hit Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant prompted Chancellor Angela Merkel to create an ethics panel that would oversee the nuclear power programs of Germany.

Further reports reveal that, following the Fukushima disaster, mass anti-nuclear protests started to multiply in Germany.

Mr. Rottgen was quoted saying in the reports that, “The seven oldest reactors, which were already subject to a moratorium, and the Kruemmel nuclear power plant, would not resume.” “ Six others would go offline by 2021 at the latest and the three newest by 2022.”

“It’s definite. The latest end for the last three nuclear power plants is 2022. There will be no clause for revision,” Mr. Rottgen says.

“If you want to exit something, you also have to prove how the change will work and how we can enter into a durable and sustainable energy provision,” he further adds.

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