Germany’s nuclear power regions fear for the future as plants get set to close. The Brokdorf nuclear power plant, north of Hamburg has been producing electricity for nearly 35 years. But that is about to change. On the 31st of December next year it will be taken off the grid and decommissioned. It is a part of the German government’s plan to close all nuclear power plants by the end of 2022. Brokdorf is a village of about 1000 people and the plant is a major employer for them. “Where are our children going to find places to work? That is a problem,” says Mayor of Brokdorf, Elke Göttsche. The village has set aside money to continue to run the local ice hall, a major attraction that was paid for by the nuclear tax money. But of course, eventually, the kitty will run out. An hour’s drive south of Brokdorf, coal is still powering on. The Moorburg coal power plant might stay operational until 2038, the date when all coal power plants need to be shut in the country. Some critics say that it’s impossible for a country to phase out both coal and nuclear power at the same time.
Euro News 17th March 2020 read more »