Expert sparks nuclear fears after Belgium shuts reactor

Expert sparks nuclear fears after Belgium shuts reactor
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An international nuclear expert has set alarm bells ringing after Belgium shut down a reactor where anomalies including possible cracks were found.

The scare at the site, north of Antwerp, has prompted a warning from specialist Mycle Schneider. He claims inspections did not work and that this sort of fault can cause a nuclear explosion.

Belgian atomic authorities say the problem was found during a check, so the system is functioning. They insist there is no danger to local people, staff or the environment.

Amid fears of an energy shortage in the winter if the reactor remains closed, Belgian economist Eric de Keuleneer of Solvay Business School
suggests that dormant power plants could be used.

They are not operated, he insists, for economic reasons “because even during periods of high consumption, it is sometimes much more advantageous to import electricity.”

There are concerns that cracks could be found in other reactors in Belgium and beyond, reviving nuclear fears sparked by Japan’s Fukushima crisis.

Belgium is phasing out its reliance on atomic power.

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