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Belgian stop-start nuclear reactor 'safety' makes Germany nervous

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By Euronews
Belgian stop-start nuclear reactor 'safety' makes Germany nervous

<p>Authorities in Belgium have said that the shutdown of a nuclear reactor due to a water leak does not mean it is dangerous. The Doel 3 reactor near Antwerp had only been brought back online this week after an 18-month safety check. </p> <p>Only last Saturday, there were protests about Belgium’s seven ageing reactors just over its border with Germany.</p> <p>Spokesperson for the Belgian energy company Electrabel Anne-Sophie Hugé said: “At around one in the morning, we detected a light leak in a water pipe in the non-nuclear part of the complex, so our teams stopped the facility to do a more detailed analysis and organize the necessary repairs. It should be a matter of days, and then our teams will be able to restart the plant, but all this is still being studied.”</p> <p>The wisdom of restarting and continuing to run old reactors has also been questioned by Germany’s environment minister, parliamentarians and officials in its most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, neighbouring Belgium. </p> <p>The Doel 3 was built in 1975.</p>