Poland Backs Away From Nuclear Energy Plans

Thursday, January 3, 2008

By Katya Andrusz

Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) -- The Polish government, which took power two months ago, is pulling back from its predecessor's plans to build a nuclear reactor by 2025 and may not take part in a project to build an atomic plant in Lithuania, the Wall Street Journal Polska reported.

Poland's participation in plans to join the three Baltic states in building a plant at the site of a Soviet-era reactor due to close next year is ``not predestined,'' said the newspaper, citing unnamed people in the Economy Ministry, which is responsible for energy policy.

In contrast to the previous government, Economy Minister Waldemar Pawlak, who is also deputy prime minister, has said coal should remain the ``key fuel'' in Poland over the next 22 years, the newspaper said.

Poland agreed at a meeting of European Union leaders in March to curb the use of fossil fuels such as coal in an effort to slow down climate change.

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