Nuclear safety inspector resigns temporarily

Switzerland’s top nuclear safety inspector has resigned temporarily over accusations of a conflict of interest.

This content was published on May 3, 2011 - 15:23 and agencies

In a statement, the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate said president Peter Hufschmied had voluntarily quit his post in the wake of accusations which were published in the SonntagZeitung this week.

The paper said Hufschmied maintained close ties with FMB BKW Energie, the company which operates the Mühleberg nuclear power station in canton Bern.

Hufschmied is the chairman of the board of Tropic House, an alpine renewable energy project which is sponsored by FMB BKW Energie.

The Inspectorate said vice president Anne Eckhardt Scheck would assume Hufschmied’s functions until the issue was resolved.

The energy ministry is due to complete its investigation of the issue before the end of the year.

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