German agency urges nuclear plant closures

Germany's five oldest nuclear power stations should be closed immediately because they are vulnerable to terrorist attacks from the air similar to those in New York in 2001, according to the country's radiation protection agency (BfS). In a newspaper interview agency chief Wolfram König suggested that the operating life of other nuclear plants could be extended to compensate for losses in output. This would minimise any impact on greenhouse gas emissions. Nuclear operators rejected BfS's call, claiming that security had been beefed up since the September 11 attacks. See BfS.

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