Kiran Stacey Germany shuts down all pre-1980 nuclear plants

I said on Monday that the anti-nuclear demonstrations in Stuttgart over the weekend would put pressure on the German government and others around the world to clamp down on nuclear. Angela Merkel responded initially by ordering a safety review into all German nuclear plants. She has now taken much more stringent action.

This from Reuters:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that all seven of the country’s nuclear power plants which began operation before 1980 would be provisionally shut down.

She also told a news conference that all German reactors would undergo checks and all safety questions about the plants would be answered by June 15.