Switzerland To Phase Out Nuclear Power
RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
Germany declared it would seek alternatives to nuclear power.
MARY LOUISE KELLY, Host:
And last Sunday, some 20,000 people took to the streets in Switzerland to protest nuclear power. The Swiss cabinet responded. Yesterday it called for a gradual decommissioning of the country's five nuclear power plants. If the Swiss parliament approves the recommendation, the plants will be phased out over a 30-year period. The hope is that would buy enough time to come up with alternatives, such as hydroelectric, solar and wind power.
MONTAGNE: Also, the European Union has agreed to start conducting stress tests on the scores of nuclear plants that are in member states. The tests will take into account threats from natural disasters, plane crashes and explosions.
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