The Dutch government is planning to launch a consultation on building new nuclear power plants after a study commissioned by the economics and climate ministry claimed atomic energy is as cheap as wind or solar power – and the safest way to produce electricity in the country. The report handed to the Netherlands puts nuclear above renewables and coal in the safety league, despite citing the impacts of high-profile incidents such as Chernobyl and Fukushima. The cabinet in The Hague will work on a motion approved in parliament to investigate what kind of public support would be needed, and in which regions there is interest in the construction of a new nuclear plant, economics and climate minister Erik Wiebes said in a letter to the lower house of parliament. Following an earlier motion by two government lawmakers, Wiebes had commissioned a report from nuclear energy consultancy Enco into the ‘Possible Role of Nuclear in the Dutch Energy Mix in the Future’ until 2040.
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