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[cdn-nucl-l] Italy to reconsider nuclear
Italy to reconsider nuclear
25 January 2005
Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has said that his
government would soon examine all its energy options – including a
return to nuclear power. Italy’s four nuclear power plants were
shutdown following a post-Chernobyl referendum.
Berlusconi was speaking at the inauguration of a new transmission line
intended to safeguard Italy from blackouts like the one of 28
September 2003, when a treefall in Switzerland led to almost total
power failure across Italy.
Italy imports 17% of its electricity, mainly from France, and
Berlusconi said that Italian industry was penalised by having to pay
20-30% more for its power because of “poor choices made in the past.”
He also said that despite Italy’s non-nuclear status, the country
still shared the risk of an accident outside its borders.
The speech made headlines across Italy and prompted Corriere della
Sera, the country’s best-selling daily newspaper, to conduct on online
poll into public attitudes. Some 70% of respondents favoured a return
to nuclear generation.
Hinting that the ‘nuclear option’ would be reexamined if he is
reelected next year, Berlusconi said: “One legislature is too short to
impose a new energy plan and find answers to the questions which weigh
on our system like whether or not to use nuclear power.”
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