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theenergynet on 2010-02-22"The Swedish government Thursday presented a draft bill that would quadruple the sum owners of nuclear reactors should pay in damages in case of an accident. "The reactor owners should take full responsibility for the security and insurance at nuclear plants," Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren said.
At present reactor owners are obliged to cover costs of up to 3 billion kronor (415 million dollars), but the sum should be hiked to 12 billion kronor, according to the government's proposal.
The government said reactor owners should sign up to a mutual insurance system, noting that this is in place in other countries.
Other options included that the company has to show it has sufficient securities. These would be reviewed by the National Debt Office, Carlgren told reporters.
Further, the proposal states that "all assets in a company" could be used to cover the damages, he said.
The bill also scraps a previous ban against building new nuclear power reactors, revoking a 1980 referendum decision to phase out nuclear power, Carlgren said but "at most 10 reactors are allowed". "