THE EUROPEAN Commission has asked EU ministers to extend until December 2009 special tax advantages offered by the German government to Hochtemperatur-Kernkraftwerk GmbH to enable the company to completely dismantle Uentrop nuclear power station, shut down since 1989. The company was given this status for 25 years from 1974, to construct, equip and operate Uentrop, which was to be a prototype equipped with a thorium-fuelled high-temperature reactor. It was closed after suffering safety problems.

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