Don’t close nuclear power plants merely because they are old!

Don’t close nuclear power plants merely because they are old! /  François Lévêque, EU Energy Policy Blog, 31/03/2011

http://www.energypolicyblog.com/2011/03/31/don%E2%80%99t-close-nuclear-power-plants-merely-because-they-are-old/

The Fukushima nuclear on-going accident has led to a growing concern about electricity generation from nuclear origin which will undoubtedly have long term impacts on nuclear new-build. In the short term a debate has emerged in the European Union about the safety of the 143 nuclear power plants in operation. In particular, it is argued that the oldest nuclear power plants should be closed because they are more dangerous. Is there any evidence that older NPPs are less safe? We argue that policy makers need to look beyond this simplistic criterion…


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