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Belgium’s ageing nuclear plants worry neighbours via BBC News

Belgium’s neighbours have expressed alarm at its plans to extend the life of 40-year-old nuclear reactors, seen by critics as dangerous. Just across the border, the German city of Aachen and the Dutch city of Maastricht have announced they are … Continue reading

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Belgian nuclear plant’s reactor shuts down days after reboot via RT

Belgium’s Doel nuclear reactor went offline on Saturday, after it was restarted just three days ago, the plant’s spokesperson said. Meanwhile, Germany has stepped up criticism on operational safety of its neighbor’s aging nuclear facilities. Doel 1 nuclear reactor, located … Continue reading

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Belgium angers Germany with nuclear reactor restart via The Guardian

Belgium has restarted an ageing nuclear reactor after a nearly two-year shutdown, angering neighbouring Germany which fears the danger of a Fukushima-style meltdown. Power company Electrabel said it put the Tihange 2 reactor back online “in complete safety”. There had … Continue reading

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Explosion Hits Belgian Nuclear Power Station via Sputnik

The source said there was no threat of radioactive contamination following the explosion. An explosion hit the Doel nuclear power station in northern Belgium on Sunday, a spokesperson of Electrabel energy corporation that operates Doel said, adding the personnel were not injured. The … Continue reading

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Belgian nuclear reactors get 10 extra years of life via eu observer

Two Belgian nuclear reactors which were supposed to retire this year at age 40, will remain operational until they are half a century old. Federal energy minister Marie Christine Marghem said the longer lifespan, until 2025, was necessary to ensure … Continue reading

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Cracks appear in the nuclear industry via DW

Cracks discovered in the walls of Belgian nuclear reactors are causing unease among experts. The reason: a previously unknown phenomenon – material fatigue. There are fears that many more reactors could be affected. Several thousand cracks have been discovered by … Continue reading

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Doel 3 a des microfissures de 9 centimètres via Le Soir

Nouveau rebondissement dans le dossier des microfissures dans les réacteurs nucléaires de Doel 3 et de Tihange 2. […] En février, Le Soir révélait que le nombre de microfissures était plus élevé que prévu . Aujourd’hui, on apprend que la … Continue reading

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Thousands of cracks in Belgian reactors, potentially a global nuclear problem via Greenpeace

Picture a 33 year-old asphalt road: weathered with time, bearing the cracks and crags of decades of harmless-seeming water trickling into its crevices, freezing, expanding, breaking up the road from within. Most people wouldn’t want to trust their car to … Continue reading

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Fire shuts down Belgian nuclear reactor via The Australian

A BELGIAN nuclear reactor has shut down after a fire broke out at the plant in the east of the country, the Belga news agency reported. […] The Tihange 3 power station, situated 70 kilometres south-west of the German town … Continue reading

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Two Belgian nuclear reactors may be closed permanently: state media via Reuters

(Reuters) – Two Belgian nuclear reactors owned by GDF-Suez unit Electrabel may remain offline until spring and may need to be halted permanently, Belgian state broadcaster VRT reported on Tuesday. The Belgian nuclear regulator ordered production to be stopped at … Continue reading

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