German nuclear phase-out "underway"

The first of Germany's 19 nuclear power station was disconnected from the grid on Friday, marking an important symbolic step forward for the government's policy of phasing out atomic energy. Environment minister Jürgen Trittin welcomed the Stade station's closure as proof that nuclear power had no future in Germany. Operator E.ON said the plant - the second oldest in Germany - would have closed anyway on economic grounds. The firm has transferred an unused quota of one year's electricity production under the phase-out deal to newer plants. See E.ON and Jürgen Trittin speech.

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