The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Germany:
Incidents at nuclear power plants

Jul 23, 2007

In Germany, the production and distribution of electricity has been privatized since 1998. Vattenfall, one of the four companies that control this market, has had repeated problems at two of its nuclear plants.

On June 28, the Krümmel power plant was shut down after a fire led to the release of radioactivity. At another plant in Brunsbüttel, it took the corporation several days to acknowledge a serious breakdown.

These incidents occurred at plants built in 1976 and 1980, that were already past their secure life span. Nonetheless, Vattenfall insists on continuing activity at Brunsbüttel until 2011. And it just increased its electric rates. Profit before all else!