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Germany: No need for immediate nuclear switchoff

Germany: No need for immediate nuclear switchoff

Germany's environment minister says safety checks on the country's nuclear reactors show no need to shut them all immediately _ though he concedes they aren't protected against all conceivable threats.
The government ordered checks on Germany's 17 reactors following Japan's post-earthquake nuclear disaster in March. It took the oldest seven offline for three months and wants to accelerate a transition to renewable sources.
Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen said after receiving results Tuesday that they offer "no argument to say that we must exit (nuclear power) ... overnight for safety reasons" _ but Germany should still shift to other sources "as soon as is sensible" to do so.
Roettgen says some older reactors aren't built to resist small plane crashes and none is fully protected against the impact of very large aircraft.


Updated : 2020-12-03 01:13 GMT+08:00