German official opposes extension of nuclear power plant lifetimes

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The president of the German Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Disposal, Wolfram König, rejects extended operating times for nuclear power plants in Germany. “Such an assessment would have to take into account not only the safety of the nuclear power plants, but also the disposal of radioactive waste,” König writes in an article for the “Sunday edition of the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “In both cases, the costs to society as a whole of continuing to operate the plants would be considerable,” König pointed out. “The hard-won social consensus would also be fundamentall…

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