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Quebec, Canada To Close Nuclear Plant 15 September 12

Gentilly 2 Quebec's newly elected Parti Quebecois (PQ) government intends to keep its election promise to close Gentilly-2, Quebec's only nuclear power plant, located in Bécancour, Que., across the St. Lawrence River from Trois-Rivières.

A spokesperson for incoming Premier Pauline Marois, gave the confirmation after a coalition of activists opposing the plant demanded assurances from the premier-designate.

The activists spoke as a new film, "Gentilly Or Not To Be," opened. It questions the safety of having the nuclear plant, including increased cancer risk, for those living close by.

The government of outgoing Premier Jean Charest decided in 2008 to rebuild the plant at a cost of about $2 billion but stopped work after the Fukushima disaster in Japan in 2011.

The license for the plant ends this year, and details of decommissioning still need to be resolved.

View September 12, 2012 Montreal Gazette coverage
View September 12, 2012 Canadian Press coverage
View September 11, 2012 CBC coverage
View September 14, 2012 Common Dreams article
Sources: CBC, Canadian Press
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