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Swiss Nuclear Power Plan Moves Toward Phase-Out Of Reactors

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Bales of straw tagged with the nuclear sign by unknown people are seen on sunrise next to the mortorway Lausanne to Geneva, in Luins, Western Switzerland, on July 18, 2011. The Swiss parliament begun examining in June a government proposal to phase out the country's nuclear plants by 2034. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty File

BERN, Switzerland -- A government plan to phase out nuclear power in Switzerland has moved a lot closer to becoming reality.

Switzerland's upper house, the Council of States, approved a measure Wednesday as expected to gradually shut down the country's five nuclear reactors by 2034.

The endorsement, one month before federal elections, follows similar action by the lower house in June and reflects growing global skepticism over the use of atomic energy.

The Swiss use it to provide almost 40 percent of their country's energy, which relies largely on hydropower.

The Cabinet favors decommissioning the country's reactors after an average life span of 50 years and must now provide lawmakers with a detailed proposal on how to do that.

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