Dutch government battles to close Borssele

The Dutch government has taken legal action to force closure of the country's last remaining nuclear power station. A first hearing in the case mounted by the energy ministry was held on Friday, and a ruling is expected in September. The government argues that Borssele power station's operator, EPZ, must abide by a 2004 deadline for closure of all plants set by parliament in 1994 (EED 25/02/00). EPZ has threatened to ignore the deadline, and the government is seeking to impose a DF2m (euros 0.9m) fine every day that Borssele operates after 31 December 2003.

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