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Here's some more good news, this time from South Korea where the country's new President, Moon Jae-in, has committed to phasing out all coal and nuclear power stations.

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In a speech made during the official ceremony to mark the shutdown of the country’s oldest nuclear power plant Moon promised to scrap existing plans for new nuclear plants, not extend the life of existing ones, shut down 10 old coal power plants and cancel new coal projects. “We will abolish our nuclear-centred energy policy and move towards a nuclear-free era,” Mr Moon reportedly said as he marked the closure of the reactor built in 1977.

[...]Two new nuclear reactors currently under construction would be subject to a public consultation and may be scrapped. [...]The announcement could have international significance as South Korea counts as one of the top producers of nuclear power in the world and had been looking to export it’s technology and expertise – most recently to the United Kingdom.

Read more over at EnergyDesk: http://energydesk.greenpeace.org/2017/06/19/south-korea-scrap-coal-nuclear-power/

Edited by simonleuf

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GamerGuy   

Nuclear plants are a bad idea if you ask me, we have other means and I hope to see them become a thing of the past in the near future. As I've read about in other discussions in this group, it seems as if we're only getting closer to that goal and that's great to hear. It seems as if we hear a new story every year, if not more commonly, about some type of nuclear plant catastrophe, most recently that I've read about anyone located here:  hanford-nuclear-waste-site-possible-leak. Radiation is a terrible thing to mess with and has left entire cities vacant and unhabitable.

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