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Utilities drawing down funds to decommission nuclear plants

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A yellow container of radioactive waste during decommissioning operations at a German nuclear power plant. About US$200 billion will be spent worldwide in the next 20 years on decommissioning the world's aging fleet of reactors.

Vienna

CENTRAL banks may accomplish what a generation of anti-nuclear activists have failed to do: Force operators to finally decommission almost 150 plants now sitting in limbo across the globe.

The plants have been shut down, either because they're too expensive to run or because