Busting the carbon and cost myths of Germany's nuclear exit

Damian Carrington, Berlin - Wednesday 23 May 2012 08.15 BST

Critics of the atomic phase-out said energy emissions, costs and imports would all rise. They were wrong.

With the UK taking another step towards supporting new nuclear power on Tuesday – at either no extra cost to the consumer if you believe ministers, or substantial cost if you believe most others – it's worth taking a look at what actually happens when you phase out nuclear power in a large, industrial nation.

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Leukaemia in young children living in the vicinity of German nuclear power plants

A case control study was conducted where cases were children younger than 5 years (diseased between 1980 and 2003) registered at the german childhood cancer registry (GCCR). Population-based matched controls (1:3) were selected from the corresponding registrar's office. Residential proximity to the nearest nuclear power plant was determined for each subject individually (with a precision of about 25 m). The report is focused on leukaemia and mainly on cases in the inner 5-km zone around the plants. The study includes 593 leukaemia cases and 1,766 matched controls.