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Switzerland Switches Off Nuclear Plant As It Begins Exit From Atomic Power

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MUEHLEBERG, SWITZERLAND (DECEMBER 20, 2019) (REUTERS) PROJECTOR SCREEN SHOWING TECHNICIAN INSIDE PLANT CONTROL ROOM GUESTS, BKW STAFF SITTING IN HALL NEXT TO PLANT, WHERE CLOSING PROCESS IS BEING PROJECTED, THEN APPLAUDING GUESTS, BKW STAFF SITTING IN HALL NEXT TO PLANT, WITH PLANT IN THE BACKGROUND VARIOUS OF NUCLEAR POWER PLANT PLANT CLOSING CEREMONY IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (English) GREENPEACE SWITZERLAND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, IRIS MENN, SAYING: "Yes, this is a moment of a milestone. It is a step to an energy transition, and we are very happy. We have fought quite a long time for this moment, that the power plant is shut down, but we have four (power plants) to go, and we are still far away from a real energy transition in Switzerland." SWISS GREEN PARTY PRESIDENT, REGULA RYTZ, SEEN ON SCREEN AS SHE PARTICIPATES TO CLOSING CEREMONY RYTZ, ON STAGE AT CLOSING CEREMONY (SOUNDBITE) (French) SWISS GREEN PARTY PRESIDENT, REGULA RYTZ, SAYING: "It is really a historic moment because we are really starting to free ourselves from nuclear energy. I live 15 kilometres away from here, and there is the security issue. But it's also about responsibility, we had to behave responsibly (in closing the plant) for future generations." VARIOUS OF PLANT SIGN READING (German): "BKW KERN KRAFTWERK MUEHLBERG" / SIGN BLURRING (SOUNDBITE) (English) BKW CEO, SUZANNE THOMA, SAYING: "The whole process will last 15 years, and one can say there are three phases: the first phase where there is still high radioactivity on the site, which will last about five years; then another seven years with low radioactivity; and then, at the very end, for the last five years, it is just conventional build-back of a plant or a building." CEREMONY ONGOING WITH THOMA ON STAGE THOMA ON STAGE IMAGE OF PLUG BEING UNPLUGGED FROM THE PLANT SIGN READING (English): "ON OFF" BLURRING (SOUNDBITE) (English) BKW CEO, SUZANNE THOMA, SAYING: "First thing I would like to say is that of course after the shutdown, the question of safety is much less severe than when we were still producing electricity with high temperature and with high pressure. But the most important thing is that we educate our people, that they are experts in handling such situation. And for these reasons, we have had already training programmes for several years, and we have also acquired two companies that are specialised in radioactive protection to absolutely ensure that we have enough resources to guarantee the protection of everybody." PLANT PEOPLE WALKING NEAR PLANT VARIOUS OF HOUSES AROUND PLANT (SOUNDBITE) (English) GREENPEACE SWITZERLAND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, IRIS MENN, SAYING: "We have no solution where we can put the waste, where we can store it in a secure place, and we all know that the waste is harmful for the people."
Dateline: 2019

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