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Vattenfall Warns Sweden Faces Forced Exit From Nuclear Power

  • Delayed decision on spent fuel storage may force reactor halts
  • Swedish utility says 4 of its 5 reactors to halt by 2025
Ringhals nuclear power station in Sweden. 

Ringhals nuclear power station in Sweden. 

Photographer: Bjorn Larsson Rosvall/AFP/Getty Images 

Vattenfall AB will have to halt four of its five reactors in Sweden by 2025 due to uncertainty over how the government plans to deal with the storage of used nuclear fuel, the state-owned utility warned on Tuesday.

The Swedish government last week delayed a decision on a permanent repository for spent nuclear fuel and instead approved an expansion of a temporary site. The move has created uncertainty over whether storage will be available in time to secure the operation of the country’s reactors, Vattenfall said in a statement.