German doctors fail to shut nuclear plant

State administrative court rules no danger to health posed by Schleswig Holstein power station

Europe's largest pressurised water nuclear reactor, situated in Schleswig Holstein in northern Germany, is staying on the grid after a court ruled that no health risks to the population could be proven by two doctors who had attempted to have the plant closed. Yesterday the state supreme administrative court judged that there was no legal or factual basis for the demands of the plaintiffs, according to a statement made by the court today. The two doctors had tried to force the state energy ministry to have the power station closed and its operating permit withdrawn, blaming emissions caused by technical defects for a cluster of cases of leukaemia close to the Kr├╝mmel plant, which have affected 11 children and young people (ENDS Daily 8 December 1998). However, the judge decided in favour of the ministry which sees no connection between the plant and the cases of leukaemia in the results of the many studies which have taken place and data going back to 1983 which have been analysed. The court statement concludes that the Schleswig Holstein senate has not given the plaintiffs leave to appeal but that they may be able to take their complaint to the federal administrative court.

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