Finnish parliament approves two new nuclear reactors
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Last Updated: Thursday, July 01, 2010, 21:23
  
Helsinki: Finland's parliament on Thursday approved the building of two new nuclear reactors in a move the government said would help fight climate change and create jobs but that was widely denounced by environmentalists.

"This is one of the most important decisions my government is going to make, because it really improves Finland's competitiveness and will create new jobs, and thus also increase the economic growth," Finnish Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi told AFP after the vote.

In the non-partisan vote, 121 members of parliament cast their ballot to allow utility group Fennovoima build a new reactor, 71 voted against and two abstained, while Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) received 120 votes in favour of building another reactor, 72 against and two abstaining.

The difference in votes between the two projects was due to the fact that some members of parliament had wanted just one new nuclear reactor to be built.

All Green League MPs meanwhile voted against the bill proposed in April by the centre-right government of Matti Vanhanen, who recently resigned and handed the reins to Kiviniemi.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, July 01, 2010, 21:23


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