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Sicily governor says nuclear power plants off the table

'We don't want to turn the island into an atomic bomb'

Sicily governor says nuclear power plants off the table

Palermo, December 5 - Sicily Governor Rosario Crocetta publicly disagreed with his own cultural heritage councillor on Wednesday, saying he had no intention of opening the island to nuclear power plants. "The only Sicily we're interested in is the Sicily of lemons, oranges and palm trees. We don't want to turn the island into an atomic bomb," he said. Newly appointed Culture Councillor Antonio Zichichi, a nuclear physicist, said Wednesday that he would be "happy to see Sicily full of nuclear power plants, ones that were safe, monitored and built by true scientists". In a referendum last year Italians voted overwhelmingly against building additional nuclear reactors in the whole country. "The citizens have already spoken," said the Sicily governor.

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