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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lithuania Nuclear Law

VILNIUS, Lithuania -- The Lithuanian government Wednesday approved a draft law on the closure of one of two reactors at the Soviet-era Ignalina nuclear power plant by Jan. 1, 2005.

The European Union has made the closure of the plant a condition of the Baltic state's EU membership.

"The preparatory works to finish the use of Ignalina's first reactor must be planned to allow its closure by Jan. 1, 2005," the draft bill says.

As part of its long-term energy strategy, parliament last year committed to closing the first unit of the plant by 2005 as long as the West helped finance the effort.

It will make a decision on the second reactor in 2004, although the EU has said it expects the shutdown by 2009.