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[cdn-nucl-l] FW: German govt wrong on nuclear withdrawal plan
> From: Michael C. Baker[SMTP:email@example.com]
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> Sent: Monday, 2000 June 19, 5:43 PM
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> Subject: Fwd: German govt wrong on nuclear withdrawal plan
> >German govt wrong on nuclear withdrawal plan -VDEW
> >FRANKFURT, June 19 (Reuters) - Germany's government-industry
> >compromise deal on the fastest shutdown of nuclear power plants in
> >Europe is ecologically and economically wrong, the head of the
> >Association of German Electricity Suppliers (VDEW) said in a recent
> >"The opinion of power suppliers on this first step of Germany to
> >abandon nuclear energy just decided, is as before, that it is wrong
> >for ecological and economic reasons," said VDEW president Guenter
> >"This is true especially in view of the international commitment by
> >the German government to carbon dioxide emission reduction and
> >climate protection," he added.
> >The government reached the accord on June 15 with energy firms Veba
> >AG and Viag AG, which have merged to form E.ON AG <VEBG.DE>; with RWE
> >AG <RWEG.DE> and with EnBW <EBKG.F>. The compromise sets a total
> >production figure for all 19 power plants in Germany of 2,623.3
> >terrawatt hours over a theoretical average operational life of 32
> >years that it allows for individual reactors, VDEW said.
> >According to the deal, companies with nuclear power plants will be
> >banned from building new units and must accept that no financial
> >compensation will be forthcoming. Waste reprocessing will be banned
> >from mid-2005.
> >"The agreement lays down the cornerstone of the future operation of
> >nuclear power plants in Germany. Now it is important that the promise
> >that this operation and the waste management process be undisturbed
> >by politics should be kept," said Marquis.
> >Companies will have to judge individually how they will phase out
> >their plants according to their shareholder and business regulations,
> >a VDEW spokesman said.
> >"Political leaders have forced this compromise on our members. We
> >consider the whole thing is wrong, but we must observe the absolute
> >power of politicians," the spokesman told Reuters. "We would have
> >preferred an operative license without any time limitatation as we
> >had before," he added.
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