• Germany's news in English

Oldest reactor goes dark

The Local · 19 Mar 2011, 10:12

Published: 19 Mar 2011 10:12 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

The move was in compliance with an order from the Hessian Environment Ministry demanding it be shut down for safety checks following Chancellor Angela Merkel's three-month moritorium announced last Monday.

In the wake of the nuclear crisis in Japan, Berlin has ordered the shuttering of the seven oldest of Germany's 17 nuclear reactors, at least temporarily.

A spokeswoman for utility company RWE said it would "actively support the new safety inspections" and that the Biblis facility, located on the Rhine River in southern Hesse, fully complied with all German nuclear safety standards.

The somewhat younger Biblis B reactor, which began operation in 1976, was taken offline two weeks ago for maintenance. Over the last few years, RWE has invested about €1.4 billion in modernizing and retrofitting both blocks A and B, the company said.

DAPD/The Local/kdj

Story continues below…

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

10:38 March 19, 2011 by Ruhetag
Will the nuclear material be up for sale? My DeLorean DMC-12 needs fuel!
11:55 March 19, 2011 by Ebolter
Yes, it makes total sense , since Germany is always plagued with earthquakes and tsunamis ! I love how silly the world can be sometimes, next time there is a train accident, let's suspend all train traffic for 3 months and waste money on trying to figure out the ' why ' . Just goes to show how world leaders can be persuaded into just about anything, by reports of the media .
15:39 March 19, 2011 by berfel

Deutsche Presse strahlt nicht.

Deutsche Presse stinkt.

Wer da am Draht zieht, erwürgt jede Glaubwurdigkeit.
16:15 March 19, 2011 by catjones
I'll keep my comments brief...I'm running on battery powe
Today's headlines
Obama to visit Berlin in last presidential trip to Germany
President Barack Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel during a Berlin trip in 2013. Photo: DPA.

The White House announced on Tuesday that US President Barack Obama will be paying one last unexpected visit to the German capital - his last before he leaves office.

Hostility towards minorities 'widespread in Bavaria'
A village in southern Bavaria. Photo: DPA.

Hate and hostility towards groups deemed to be different are not just sentiments felt by fringe extremists, a new report on Bavaria shows.

Hated RB Leipzig emerge as shock challengers to Bayern
RB Leipzig. Photo: DPA

RB Leipzig's remarkable unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season has seen them suddenly emerge at the head of the pack chasing reigning champions and league leaders Bayern Munich.

Munich taxi driver in hospital after attack by British tourists
Photo: DPA

A taxi driver had to be hospitalized in Munich on Monday evening after three British tourists refused to pay their fare and then attacked him.

German police carry out nationwide anti-terror raids
Police outside a building in Jena during raids on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

Police forces in five German states carried out raids on Tuesday morning with the aim of tackling the financing of terror groups, police in Thuringia have reported.

The Local List
10 ways German completely messes up your English
Photo: DPA

So you've mastered German, but now it's time to learn English all over again.

Iconic German church being eroded away by human urine
Ulm Minster towering over the rest Ulm surrounding the Danube. Photo: Pixabay

It will now cost you €100 to spend a penny. That’s if you get caught choosing to pee against the world-famous Ulm Minster.

German small arms ammo exports grow ten-fold
Photo: DPA

The government has come in for criticism after new figures revealed that Germany exported ten times the quantity of small arms ammunition in the first half of 2016 as in the same period last year.

14-year-old stabs 'creepy clown' in prank gone wrong
File photo: DPA.

A 16-year-old in Berlin decided he wanted to scare some friends, but his plot backfired in a violent way.

Four Ku Klux Klan groups active in Germany, says govt
An American member of the KKK at a gathering in Georgia. Photo: EPA.

The German government estimates that there are four Ku Klux Klan (KKK) groups currently active in the country, according to a report by the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) on Tuesday.

Germany's 10 most weird and wonderful landmarks
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd