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Disagreement over the use of nuclear energy in Brazil 

Last week, Eletronuclear (a state-owned company responsible for nuclear power generation in the country) was fined by the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama).

The fine was due to radioactively contaminated water being discharged into the sea by the Angra 1 power plant last September.

The incident, which became the target of a public civil lawsuit filed by the Federal Ministry of Public Affairs (MPF) last Tuesday (21), has reignited the debate over the costs and benefits of generating electricity through thermoelectric nuclear power plants in Brazil.

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