Date Set for Closing Swedish Nuclear Power Plant

The Swedish government has set a preliminary date of May 31st next year for the closing down of the 2nd and final reactor at the nuclear power plant at Barsebäck in southern Sweden – 40 years after the plant started to deliver electric power.

Some critics demand that the parliamentary decision to close the plant should be ripped up because of the need for energy. Others insist that it is high time to close down the plant – located near the southern Swedish city of Malmö and just across the sound from the Danish capital of Copenhagen.

Experts say it will take years before the plant can be dismantled. Sweden has another 10 reactors on line – but not close to large cities.