Nuclear Headache Task of Decommissioning Plants Is Herculean

The dismantling of Germany's nuclear power plants will be one of the greatest tasks of the century as the country moves to phase out atomic energy. It will take at least until 2080 to complete the job. But what happens if energy utility companies who own the facilities go bust before the work is done?
Japanese journalists visit the site of the Lubmin nuclear power plant, decommissioned 23 years ago, which is currently being dismantled in Germany.

Japanese journalists visit the site of the Lubmin nuclear power plant, decommissioned 23 years ago, which is currently being dismantled in Germany.

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Translated from the German by Paul Cohen