Cabinet divided on nuclear power – FD

The ruling Christian Democrat party (CDA) says that comments by Labour’s environment minister Jacqueline Cramer that a new nuclear power plant in the Netherlands is ‘not an option’ are premature, reports today’s Financieele Dagblad.

CDA MP Liesbeth Speis says that the discussion on nuclear power has not yet started. ‘Nuclear power will certainly continue to play a role in our energy supplies until 2050,’ she says, adding that it would be hypocritical to rule out the option of more nuclear power when seven percent of Holland’s current supplies come from its existing nuclear plant at Borssele.
Delta, which owns 50% of the Borssele nuclear plant, says it is interested in building a new plant but will not make a formal application until there is public support for this form of energy.
The CDA and Labour are both partners in the current coalition government, together with the small ChristenUnie party.