46 percent of Germans would keep nuclear power

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46 percent of Germans would keep the nation's nuclear power stations, which are set for closure on environmental grounds, if it meant lower energy prices

Berlin -- An opinion survey shows 46 per cent of Germans want to keep nuclear power stations operating if that is the way to stop electricity prices soaring, the Bild am Sonntag tabloid newspaper reported Sunday.

The newspaper commissioned the survey by the Emnid polling company which questioned more than 500 people.

Eight years ago, Germany legislated a phasing out of nuclear power which foresees premature closure for all 12 existing German nuclear power stations. The last generator, reactor II at Neckarwestheim in southwest Germany, is currently set to close in 2022.

The poll also found that 46 per cent approved of the closure plan or wanted nuclear power to end immediately. The rest did not know.

Nuclear power remains controversial due to fears over safety. Last month a nuclear plant in Slovenia was forced to shut down temporarily, forcing a Europe wide alert. Campaigners hold reservations about the honesty of the nuclear industry with regard to safety and the privatisation of the sector.

The recent surge in world energy prices has prompted a re-assessment of anti-nuclear policies in several European nations including Italy, which has ordered new nuclear plants to be built. DPA

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