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Election Heats Up Nuclear Debate

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Science  25 Sep 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5948, pp. 1612
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_1612

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A nearly 3-decade-old telex message regarding the scientific evaluation of a disposal site for highly radioactive nuclear waste in Germany has become a prominent issue in the campaign leading up to Sunday's national elections. The telex has sparked charges that scientists in the 1980s bowed to political pressure, and it has heated up the long-simmering debate about the future of nuclear power in Germany. For both political and scientific reasons, nuclear waste experts say, Germany needs to redo its hunt for a high-level waste repository.