Lithuania urges EU compensation for nuclear plant

October 9, 2008 18:23

Lithuania said it will keep running a Soviet nuclear plant unless the European Union can offer compensation for its closure. The Chernobyl-style reactor in Ignalia provides 70 percent of Lithuania's electricity, but is regarded as unsafe due to design flaws. Economy Minister Vytas Navickas said Lithuania will keep the Ignalia plant open until 2012 if Brussels fails to compensate for carbon emissions and the loss of the Baltic country's energy independence. Navickas was speaking Thursday with the Baltic News Service before leaving for Luxembourg, where he will discuss the nuclear plant with EU economy ministers. Before joining the EU in 2004 Lithuania pledged to close the reactor by the end of 2009.

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