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Nuclear safety in Belgium seems to be non-existant [May. 6th, 2015|07:55 am]
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I'm sure that at least _some_ measures are made inside the nuclear plants, but let's be honest, at this point we all know that our reactors are horribly outdated. And that they are showing all kinds of dangerous signs of breaking down, resulting in the kind of catastrophical failure that we've seen in Tsjernobyl and Fukushima.
There's an EXCELLENT reason why several are closed down!

Now of course, certain elements in the Belgian government feel that these unsafe and frankly dangerous reactors not only should be re-opened, but also kept open for 10 more years.
Yesterday it was a massive news item (at least on the radio) that the chamber debated about this for quite a while.
But what the news failed to mention, and what free paper Metro stuffed into their column of "short news" (should have been a major news item in all the media!) is that one of the Tihange reactors, 1 this time, is operating on half the capacity because there was an incident (now two days ago).
What kind of incident?
And why is it not shut down if there are obviously issues?

Is the monetary gain really worth the risk of a melt down and destruction of not only Belgium but a large part of Europe/the EU in the process?
Apparently for some politicians it is.

I think it's high time that a little investigation is done into the politicians who are pushing to keep the nuclear plants open well beyond their years. Because I think we need to see whether they are some of those people so deep into the ass of the US they can see out of that country's eyes and have utterly lost the sight of what's best for Belgium long term in favor of monetary gain in the now (I leave it upto the reader to decide whether that gain come from Electrabel or somewhere else ;))

Because clearly anyone with an ounce of common sense can see we need to move away from nuclear power and into renewable energy such as solar and wind power. ASAP.