Pre-1980 German nuclear plants to close: Merkel

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 10:50 AM

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that all seven of the country's nuclear power plants which began operation before 1980 would be provisionally shut down.

She also told a news conference that all German reactors would undergo checks and all safety questions about the plants would be answered by June 15.

Merkel did not say when the older plants would be shut down.