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Modai Decides in Principle to Build Nuclear Power Plant

Energy Minister Yitzhak Modai announced yesterday that he has decided in principle to build a nuclear power plant in Israel. He said he would present his proposal to the Cabinet shortly, after completion of a feasibility study by a committee of experts.

The committee, headed by Amos Horev of the Haifa Technion, has already concluded that nuclear power will be cheaper than that produced by coal-fired plants. But it will not be feasible for Israel to build a nuclear plant until the mid-1990s. The committee is recommending that in the interim, Israel purchase a nuclear power plant overseas. Modai reportedly has begun preliminary negotiations for such a purchase.