Slovenia, Slovakia rule out nuclear plant closures

30th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Slovenia and Slovakia said Monday they had no plans to close their nuclear power plants following Germany's decision, insisting they were highly dependent on them for energy.

"I can't imagine that Slovenia would stop producing energy at Krsko (nuclear power plant) amid fears of a nuclear catastrophe," Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor told a joint news conference with his Slovakian counterpart Iveta Radicova.

Germany agreed on Monday an end to nuclear power in the wake of the crisis at Japan's Fukushima plant, caused by an earthquake and tsunami in March.

Pahor insisted Slovenia's sole nuclear power plant at Krsko produced one-third of the country's needs and met the highest safety standards.

By closing the plant, he said, Slovenia would be forced to "import energy from nuclear plants in neighbouring countries, which are so close to Slovenia that a catastrophe there would have an impact on us too."

Radicova meanwhile noted that a decision to close Slovakia's two nuclear power plants "would leave the country without 50 percent of its energy needs."

"We call for a middle way which would mean to increase the safety levels and meet the highest criteria on security," she said on a one-day visit to Slovenia.

© 2011 AFP

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