Nuclear watchdog prepares for power station operational extension beyond 2025
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    Nuclear watchdog prepares for power station operational extension beyond 2025

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    The AFCN is working upon new safety requirements in the event of the extension of nuclear power beyond 2025.
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    The nuclear monitoring organisation Agence Fédérale de Contrôle Nucléaire (AFCN) is preparing for a possible government decision on the operational timeframe of nuclear power in Belgium.

    L’Echo and De Tijd both report that the determination relates to the extension of nuclear power beyond 2025, which was originally proposed in 2003. 

    The AFCN is working upon new safety requirements in the event of the extension of nuclear power beyond 2025, said AFCN director Frank Hardemann during a meeting of the Parliamentary Subcommittee for Nuclear Safety.

    “Of course we will comply with the law on the end of nuclear power by the end of 2025. However we are also trying to be proactive in preparing for all possible scenarios, said Cédric van Caloe, spokesman for the AFCN, when talking to L’Echo.

    He was clear that the AFCN is conducting an internal review as to the additional demands required by the organisation, should the extension of one or more reactors beyond 2025 be required, “so as not to be taken by surprise if a government decision headed in this direction.”

    Lars Andersen
    The Brussels Times