Germany to make nuclear power operators pay for nuclear waste repository

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This week, German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier was interviewed by N24 television, when he said that German nuclear power operators will be forced to bear the estimated $2.6 billion dollar costs of dealing with the nuclear waste they created.  “The cost of dealing with nuclear waste will be borne by those who produced it,” Altmaier said.

Germany has already spent more than $1.3 billion dollars of taxpayer money at the Gorleben site since the 1980s, where it once studied the benefits and risks of long term storage.  Altmaier said that he had pledged no further nuclear waste will be transported to Gorleben “while the search goes on,” and that Germany “will do everything to ensure that no German nuclear transport goes outside the country.”

Source: Business Week

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