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German left demands Vattenfall closes coal plants

Published fredag 31 oktober 2014 kl 12.10
The Klingenberg station near Berlin. Photo: Klingenberg i Berlin. Foto: Jan-Morten Bjørnbakk/NTB/TT

A German state government wants a swift answer from the Swedish government on whether it will force Vattenfall to close its polluting coal plants.

The German state of Brandenburg is run by the Democrats. They say Swedish state-owned Vattenfall must close the lignite, or brown coal, power stations based there.

And they expect the Swedish state to make sure the smoke stacks are shut off, not just sold on to another company, as planned.

Social Democrat Klaus Ness at Brandenburg’s government says to Swedish Radio News they expect a state-owned company that has made a great deal of money from the high-polluting coal to step up to its responsibilities and shut the plants down.

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