| GEO World|
| Sweden gives green light to new nuclear reactors|
| Updated at: 1231 PST, Friday, June 18, 2010|
STOCKHOLM: Sweden's parliament voided a 30-year-old ban on building new nuclear reactors on Thursday after a debate pitting the country's need for low-carbon energy sources against environmental concerns over atomic energy.
The new legislation will allow construction of new reactors at existing plants from Jan 1 next year to replace the 10 ageing reactors that still produce roughly 40 percent of the Nordic country's electricity.
The vote was passed with a majority of two with 174 voting for the bill and 172 against. Three legislators were absent.