Swiss Plan To Shut Down Nuclear Plant By 2022

BKW Energie AG said the Muehleberg plant will continue to provide electricity despite a court ruling it should be shut down by June 2013.

BERN, Switzerland (AP) β€” The Swiss operator of one of Europe's oldest commercial nuclear reactors says it plans to shut the plant by 2022.

BKW Energie AG said Tuesday that the Muehleberg plant will continue to provide electricity for ten years despite a Swiss court ruling earlier this month that the reactor's license should expire at the end of June 2013.

The company has said it will challenge the ruling at Switzerland's supreme court.

Muehleberg began operation in 1972.

Earlier this year, it was temporarily shut down after routine maintenance caused a feedwater cooling system to stop working. No radioactivity was released.

Switzerland gets about 40 percent of its power from five nuclear reactors. The country plans to phase outnuclear power by 2034.

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