East Germany announced today it will shut down its main nuclear power plant, which experts fear could cause a Chernobyl-style disaster.
Environmental Minister Karl-Hermann Steinberg said the Greifswald atomic power station will be closed completely in about a month.
He said an investigation by experts from both East and West Germany had revealed considerable safety problems in the system. Steinberg said there were also problems in running the four working reactors of the plant, which lies near the Baltic coast.
Environmental experts said in a report last month the Greifswald plant was so dangerous it should be shut at once.