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Precedent ruling on nuclear shut-down
1 July 1999
The supreme administrative court of Sweden has upheld the government's right to order the decommissioning of a nuclear reactor, ruling that there is no fundamental reason under national or EU law to prohibit closure, reports news service ENDS Environment Daily. The decision, which affects the Barsebäck plant north of Malmö, has been hailed as a victory by Greenpeace's Nordic office, which says the door has been opened to a complete phase-out of nuclear power in Sweden. Operating company Sydkraft calls the ruling "deplorable É an outrage." Company lawyers are considering appealing the decision at the European Court of Justice. Sydkraft's Lars Frithiof claims the judgement means that "Swedish electricity supplies, the environment, the economy and the industrial climate will deteriorate." Frithiof adds that the output will mainly be replaced with power from coal stations in Denmark.
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