As Germany prepares to shut down the last of its nuclear power plants by the end of 2022, residents who live in proximity to these facilities worry about their economic futures. For example, the Brokdorf nuclear power plant, located just north of Hamburg, has been producing electricity for almost 35 years. But it will be closed and decommissioned on Dec. 31 of next year. The plant is a major employer in the tiny village of Brokdorf – population 1000. “Where are our children going to find places to work? That is a problem,” said the Mayor of Brokdorf, Elke Göttsche. Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to gradually phase out nuclear power in Germany after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in 2011 in Japan. While Germany has vowed to spend 40 billion euros ($42.6 billion) to compensate the country’s coal mining regions as it also prepares to phase out coal energy, Göttsche said they should do something similar for towns like hers.
International Business Times 20th March 2020 read more »