Lithuanians turn against nuclear energy

AP News
Posted: Apr 04, 2011 5:37 PM
Lithuanians turn against nuclear energy

A new poll shows nearly half of Lithuania's population have turned against nuclear energy following the catastrophe at a Japanese reactor.

A poll for Lithuanian magazine Veidas released Monday showed 88 percent of Lithuanians, traditionally supportive of nuclear power, now oppose plans to build a new power plant _ an increase of 47 percent since January.

Some 42 percent of those polled said the Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster had made them change their minds.

The March 28-30 poll surveyed 500 people and had a margin of error of 3 percent.

Lithuania was one of the world's most nuclear-energy dependent countries before it closed its Soviet-era plant in Ignalina in 2009.

The Baltic country has said it will build a new nuclear facility.