Czech Republic plans nuclear power expansion

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PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government has approved a long-term plan to increase the country's nuclear power production.

Industry and Trade Minister Jan Mladek says that to ensure the country's energy independence and security it is necessary to begin preparations to build one more reactor at the Temelin nuclear plant and another at the Dukovany plant, with an option to build yet another reactor at each plant.

Financing of the project is yet to be decided.

The Czech Republic relies on nuclear energy and the current six reactors produce a third of its electricity.

Neighboring Austria has previously said it will use all means to try to stop the construction at Temelin.

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