The file says that energies will be liable for the expenses of closing down and decommissioning power plants along with dealing with nuclear waste even if they quit control of subsidiary business or spin-offs.
The step is created to close a loophole that makes it possible for nuclear companies to avoid 38.5 billion Euros ($42 billion) in nuclear provisions by restructuring and prevent the expenses falling on the taxpayer.
A representative for the economy ministry stated the draft law was presently being discussed by government departments.
Under present corporate laws, business are liable for spun-off systems for five years, but there has been concern that utilities might separate to prevent paying for the dismantling of Germany’s nuclear plants, the last of which will be shut for good in 2022.
The change to the liability law is a blow to Germany’s greatest energy E.ON, which revealed strategies last year to spin off its nuclear power plants from the 2nd half of 2016.
Shares in E.ON fell to end up being the greatest losers amongst German blue-chip stocks, down 1.8 percent at 0928 GMT. The stock has shed a third of its values since the spin-off was revealed in 2014. E.ON was not immediately offered for comment.
The German government is stress-testing the 38.5 billion Euros in arrangements made by utilities in Germany and expects to release its lead to the autumn.
It is likewise establishing a commission making suggestions by end-November on ways to secure provisions in the long term.