"Swiss Cabinet Agrees To Phase Out Nuclear Power"

"The Swiss government decided on Wednesday to phase out nuclear power by 2034 after the Japan disaster shook public confidence in the industry, but said it will not shut any existing power plants prematurely.

The Swiss government suspended the approvals process for three new nuclear power stations in March pending a review into safety after the disaster at Japan's Fukushima plant.

Last weekend 20,000 people rallied against nuclear power -- the largest demonstration of its kind since the 1980s.

On Thursday, the Swiss cabinet agreed to build no more nuclear reactors once the current power plants reach the end of their lifespan, with the oldest set to come offline in 2019, while the newest would remain in operation until 2034."

Caroline Copley reports for Reuters May 26, 2011.


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"German Industry Backs Abolishing Nuclear Power, Warns of Implementation Risks" (AP)

"G8 Summit to Focus on Nuclear Safety, Climate, the Internet" (ENS)

Source: Reuters, 05/26/2011