Second German atomic power station shut down

The number of operating nuclear power stations in Germany fell to 17 on Wednesday with closure of the Obrigheim plant in Baden-Württemberg. It is the second station closure under the government's nuclear phase-out programme (EED 17/11/03). All 40,000 megawatts of German nuclear capacity should go offline by 2021, though the centre-right opposition is committed to rescind the phase-out if it wins power at elections next year. Welcoming the closure, environment minister Jurgen Trittin dismissed the opposition's position as "bankrupt industrial policy" and called Obrigheim "fit for a museum". See press release.

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