Sweden Won't See New Reactors Soon
A proposal to allow old nuclear reactors to be replaced passed by 2 votes in the Swedish Parliament Thursday. That narrow margin is a good indication of how controversial nuclear power has been in the country.
In 1980 the country voted in a non-binding referendum to phase out Sweden's then 12 reactors. But over 3 decades the country has not found an alternative supply for the country's energy.And more recent promises to reduce the country's carbon emissions has forced officials to take a second look at nuclear.
Thursday's vote means that existing reactors can be replaced after they have run the course of their useful lives. But some have said that the time and cost of actually replacing new reactors would mean that Sweden won't be seeing any new nuclear reactors any time soon.