Ger­many's old­est nu­clear plant closes down

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

GER­MANY'S OLD­EST re­main­ing nu­clear re­ac­tor has been shut down, part of a move ini­ti­ated four years ago to switch off all its nu­clear plants by the end of 2022. The Grafen­rhe­in­feld re­ac­tor in the south­ern state of Bavaria was taken off­line re­cently, ac­cord­ing to a Ger­man gov­ern­ment state­ment. Grafen­rhe­in­feld went into ser­vice in 1981. It is the first re­ac­tor to close since Ger­many switched off the old­est eight of its 17 nu­clear re­ac­tors in 2011, just af­ter Ja­pan's Fukushima nu­clear plant dis­as­ter. The next to close will be one of two re­ac­tors at the Gun­drem­min­gen plant in Bavaria.

ANDREASVON DER AU

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