Human chain against ageing nuclear plants spans three countries

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Publication Date 25/06/2017
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The two reactors in question were restarted in 2015 following a hiatus of more than two years after microcracks were detected in both facilities. The lifespans of Doel's other two reactors, were extended by ten years in the same year.

Experts later detected 70 new fissures within Tihange 2, causing concerns in the region - including in neighbouring Germany and the Netherlands.

Nearly 40% of Belgium's total energy needs and 55% of its electricity were at this point satisfied by nuclear power and reliance on its ageing nuclear stock was not likely to decrease.

Around 50,000 people formed on 25 June 2017 a cross-border 90 km-long human chain to call for the 'immediate' closure of two of Belgium’s nuclear reactors, including Tihange’s reactor 2 and the Doel facility’s reactor 3.

The human chain stretched from Tihange to Liège in Belgium, the Dutch city of Maastricht and the German city of Aachen.

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EurActiv, 26.06.17: Massive human chain protests ageing Belgian nuclear reactors
Le Soir, 25.06.17: 50.000 personnes forment une chaîne humaine pour la fermeture de Tihange 2 et Doel 3 [in French]
WNA: Nuclear Power in Belgium
Wikipedia: Nuclear energy in Belgium

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