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Germany's coalition government agreed early Monday to shut down all the country's nuclear power plants by 2022, the environment minister said, making it the first major industrialized nation in the last quarter century to announce plans to go nuclear-free.
The country's seven oldest reactors already taken off the grid pending safety inspections following the catastrophe at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant in March will remain offline permanently, Norbert Roettgen added. The country has 17 reactors total.
Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed through measures in 2010 to extend the lifespan of the country's 17 reactors, with the last one scheduled to go offline in 2036, but she reversed her policy in the wake of the Japanese disaster.
"We want the electricity of the future to be safe, reliable and economically viable," Merkel told reporters on Monday.
Germany's energy supply chain "needs a new architecture," necessitating huge efforts in boosting renewable energies, efficiency gains and overhauling the electricity grid, she added.
Many Germans have been vehemently opposed to nuclear power since Chernobyl sent radioactive fallout over the country. Tens of thousands repeatedly took to the street in the wake of Fukushima to urge the government to shut all reactors.
The government of neighboring Switzerland, where nuclear power produces 40 percent of the country's electricity, also announced last week that it plans to shut down its reactors gradually once they reach their average lifespan of 50 years — which would mean taking the last plant off the grid in 2034.
Nuke plants are unsafe, we only need about 6 of them to get into difficulties and then tshtf.
Water fueled cars. if this is not a bogus technology, why can't it be scaled up to produce power for National use.
Originally posted by rigel4
reply to post by arriana
How prone was Chernobyl to earthquakes and Tsunami's???
You see it is not the cause of the failures that worries people, it is the failures them selves!
There is only one reason for failures to happen to any type of machinery, and that is the unexpected.
It is just too dangerous a technology, we can't control a nuclear reaction when something goes wrong.
It's like a train wreck coming down a mountain, there is no way to stop it and we all know that it WILL crash
and burn at the bottom of the hill, there is no way to stop it once it starts.
You thinking is flawed and narrow, it is not about any one type of cause it is about the technology itself.
Zwentendorf is the only Austrian nuclear power station. It has projected power 730 MWe.
It's start-up was blocked in November 1978 by a thin majority of 50.47% votes.
Why does the closed Zwentendorf plant cause radioactive fallout?
Austria imports electricity, which is produced in coal burning power plants (mostly lignite). Coal typically contains 5-15 ppm of uranium, however in some locations such as Nejdek the uranium concentration reaches 1%. When the coal is burned, uranium spreads into the atmosphere. The decision to not run the Zwentendorf plant therefore results in at least 10 tons of radioactive fallout per year. For comparison, had Zwentendorf been running, it would produce about 7 tons of solid radioactive wastes (recyclable partially spent fuel) and no radioactive fallout.
The alternative to uranium is coal. Coal contains uranium, burning of coal causes radioactive emissions. Inactivated Zwentendorf causes radioactive fallout.
A coal power plant in Dürnrohr was build nearby, instead of the nuclear power plant Zwentendorf. This plant burns Czech and Polish coal. There is a trash burning facility nearby also.