Stoppage forced on German nuclear reactor

German environment minister Jürgen Trittin yesterday ordered a temporary shut-down of the Philippsburg nuclear power station reactor number two after it emerged that the plant had operated for three weeks in August without a fully functioning cooling system designed to cope with major accidents. Flaws in operator EnBW's safety management system must now completely eliminated, the ministry said. German environmental groups claimed that EnBW had put profit before safety and called for immediate closure of all German nuclear power stations. See environment ministry press release.

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