Greens rebut nuclear power revival claims

Ageing atomic reactor park means trend is inevitably downwards, anti-nuclear party insists

Nuclear power is in decline and will continue to dwindle in importance under all reasonable scenarios, according to a report launched on Tuesday by the Greens/EFA political group in the European parliament. The report seeks to puncture the industry's apparently growing self-belief in its future (EED 25/11/04).

The historic trend in Europe certainly bears out the Greens' conclusion. Whereas there were 172 nuclear reactors operating in 1989 in what is now the EU-25, there are just 151 today. By the end of this year another, Lithuania's Ignalina I, is due to be shut down.

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