German Government Rejects Bavaria’s Offer to Reopen Its Closed Nuclear Plant
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Germany consists of 16 states, the largest of which is Bavaria (covering about of fifth of Germany by area). Hours after Germany closed its last three nuclear power plants, Bavaria’s premier offered to keep one of the three reactors running as a state-controlled power plant (rather than as a federally-controlled plant), according to a report in DW.
It reports that the premier told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that Bavaria was “demanding that the federal government give states the responsibility for the continued operation of nuclear power. Until the [energy] crisis ends and while the transition to renewables has not succeeded, we must use every form of energy until the end of the decade. Bavaria is ready to face up to this responsibility.” He also told the newspaper that Germany is “a pioneer in nuclear fusion research and are examining the construction of our own research reactor, in cooperation with other countries. It can’t be that a country of engineers like Germany gives up any claim to shaping the future and international competitiveness.”
Now Reuters reports that Germany’s federal government just issued their answer. No.
Germany’s Environment Ministry on Sunday rejected a demand from the state of Bavaria to allow it to continue operating nuclear power plants, saying jurisdiction for such facilities lies with the federal government… Environment Minister Steffi Lemke said the authorisation for [the Bavaria-based nuclear plant] had expired and restarting its reactor would require a new license. “It is important to accept the state of the art in science and technology and to respect the decision of the German Bundestag,” Lemke said in a statement sent to Reuters.