Neighbouring countries also want to have their say about the situation regarding the Belgian nuclear plants near the borders. This is the crux of the message relayed by Dutch Ecologist MP Lisbeth van Tongeren on Saturday. There will be a demonstration in Maastricht on Sunday, to protest against the continued use of the “cracked” Doel and Tihange centres.
The MP is asking to be part of the decision making process regarding safety at the nuclear plants, which are just 100 kms from the border. The German, French and Belgian Ecologists also agree.
There are persistent problems at the plants, including micro-cracks in the reactor vats at two plants. People are worried about their safety, explains Lisbeth van Tongeren. Her party, GroenLinks, would like the plants to be shut.
“All the time, we are seeing that there are problems at the Belgian nuclear plants. These reactors are only on the other side of the border. The risk of a nuclear catastrophe is small, but if there is a problem, a radioactive cloud won’t stop at the border”, she said.