BERLIN, May 30 (UPI) -- Germany says it will end the use of all nuclear power by 2002, a move seen as a reaction to negative public opinion following Japan's nuclear crisis.
"It's definite. The latest end of the last three nuclear plants is 2022," Environment Minister Norbert Rottgen said Monday.
Germany shut down seven plants in March after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan and will close down its remaining plants during the next decade based on their age, The New York Times reported.
The government's decision came in the wake of a report by the Ethics Commission for Secure Energy that said it was "firmly convinced that an exit from nuclear energy can be achieved within a decade."
The committee cited wind, solar and water power, along with geothermal energy and biomass energy from waste, as sources of energy to compensate for absence of nuclear plants.
"We want the electricity of the future to be safe, but also to remain reliable and affordable," Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement.