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Compromise Lifts Hopes for German Reactor

Science  26 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5543, pp. 762-763
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5543.762b

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BERLIN-- A reactor designed to produce neutrons for research cleared a political logjam this week and moved one step closer to beginning operations. Feuding politicians said they had reached a compromise that could allow researchers to power up the FRM-II facility in Garching, outside Munich, although it will likely be several months before studies can begin. The compromise is welcome news to scientists who had worried that the reactor might lie dormant until after Germany's national elections in September 2002.