The Nuclear Monitor reports that Belgium has reached an agreement on an Energy Pact which includes a nuclear phase-out. All political parties—with the exception of one small, far-right party—have agreed to the new strategy. Likewise, Spain has declared it will close the last of its nuclear reactors before 2030 and not build new units. Secretary for Energy José Dominguez said Nov. 15, 2018 that Spain does not plan to operate any of its reactors beyond their 40-year licenses. Accordingly, the country’s oldest reactor will be closed in 2021, and its newest will go offline in 2028. Belgium, Germany, Spain and Switzerland are phasing out nuclear power. Germany has permanently shut down eight of its 17 reactors and pledged to close the rest by the end of 2022. Italy has resolved to remain non-nuclear, and Switzerland has banned the construction of new reactors.
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