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Germany Delays Nuclear-Plant Extension Pending Three-Month Study

Chancellor Angela Merkel put government plans to prolong the lifespan of Germany’s nuclear power plants on hold for three months pending the outcome of an inquiry into reactor safety following the disaster in Japan.

An independent commission will be set up to conduct the inquiry, and talks are underway with industry on what the moratorium means for the operation of Germany’s 17 nuclear reactors, Merkel said. She indicated that may result in the closure of some plants that were slated to be shut down under Germany’s old nuclear law.