“We need 20 billion euros more to be able to stop using nuclear”, says Jean-Marc Nollet
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    “We need 20 billion euros more to be able to stop using nuclear”, says Jean-Marc Nollet

    Belgium has put aside 14.8 billion euros to stop using nuclear power by 2025. Based on estimates by official bodies, Ecolo MP Jean-Marc Nollet has said it will cost between 35.3 billion and 36.7 billion to stop using nuclear power. “Between 20.5 and 21.9 billion euros are missing, due to an underestimate of the cost of managing and storing waste”, he told Le Soir on Saturday.

    Belgium’s budget of 14.8 billion euros includes dismantling the nuclear power stations and managing nuclear waste. No “definitive” solution for dealing with the most radioactive and long-lasting waste has yet been found, says Jean-Marc Nollet.

    He also said that the former director of Ondraf, the federal public body that handles nuclear waste, mentioned the cost tripling in the past. 

    Maria Novak
    The Brussels Times