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Nuclear Power

Parliament to Vote on Keeping Nuclear

Publicerat torsdag 17 juni 2010 kl 10.28
Forsmark Nuclear Power Plant

The Swedish Parliament is expected to lift a ban on building new nuclear power reactors, in a vote late Thursday. The ban stems from a referendum on the use of nuclear power stations back in 1980, which decided that old reactors would not be replaced. Thursday's vote would overturn that decision, meaning any of the now-existing 10 reactors could be replaced with new ones when they have run their course.

The government's wafer-thin majority in parliament could be threatened by members of the Centre Party voting against the new proposals, as they are traditionally opposed to nuclear power, but many of them have agreed to the new plans in exchange for new rules increasing liability for new reactor owners in case of an accident. 

The opposition Red-Green alliance has said they would vote against the proposal, and would scrap it if they win September's general election.

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