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15 Mar 2011 12:03:17

Nuclear resurgence suspended amid safety fears

Nuclear resurgence suspended amid safety fears
The worsening nuclear situation in Japan has forced Germany to reassess its plans for nuclear power in the country.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has taken the step of pushing back by three months the decision as to whether to extend the life of Germany's nuclear power stations due to the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Reports are now suggesting radiation emitted from the facility has reached harmful levels following a third blast which damaged a reactor container.

Ms Merkel's administration had previously held a more pro-nuclear view than that of her predecessor Gerhard Schroeder, however, her latest decision means a number of plants are likely to close.

Commenting on her decision, she said: "The apocalyptic extent of the destruction is not only an incomprehensible catastrophe for Japan but it also has consequences for Europe and Germany," Reuters reported.

The Swiss government, meanwhile, has placed a "blanket" ban on the authorisation or rebuilding of any nuclear facilities in the country.

UK energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne released a statement saying he had asked chief nuclear inspector Dr Mike Weightman "for a thorough report on the implications of the situation in Japan and the lessons to be learned". ADNFCR-1235-ID-800462036-ADNFCR

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