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Nuclear Plug Pulled as Plant Phase-Out Begins

November 15, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Germany disconnected the first of its 19 nuclear power stations, beginning an unprecedented phase-out that aims to close all of them by 2020. Technicians at a 32-year-old nuclear plant at Stade, near Hamburg, switched off the facility.

Germany is the first major industrialized nation to renounce the technology. Nuclear power provides nearly one-third of the country's electricity. The government argues that eliminating it will spur utilities to spend billions on new, cleaner-burning gas generators as well as wind turbines and solar panels.

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