From today, the Dutch and other Europeans can say to keep nuclear reactors open longer on the Belgian border. Belgian judges previously ruled that the public investigation should be conducted several years ago, and it has now been surpassed. This result may also be useful for future decisions about nuclear power plants.
The Belgian government did not shut down the two older nuclear reactors (Doel 1 and Doel 2) as planned in 2015, but postponed them to file a lawsuit in 2025, prompting public inquiries.
The way the decision was made did not go smoothly, judgment Last year’s judge. First, research should be conducted on the consequences of nature and the environment, and citizens should have a say.
Therefore, we are still working hard.The environmental impact report has been completed and will be available from today online With the Belgian government. Belgians can also fill out a form on the website that contains comments about nuclear power plants.
But this also applies to people outside Belgium: people living within a radius of 1,000 kilometers can express their opinions. In addition to the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, Austria, the Czech Republic and Poland also expressed their wish to participate. Rijkswaterstaat will tell the Dutch how they participated in the study.
The replies have been compiled and have a place in the new legal text, and the Belgian Parliament must approve these replies by the end of 2022.
Bond Beter Leefmilieu, who filed the lawsuit, believes that public investigations are very relevant. Spokesperson Erwin Cornelis said: “This will also have an impact on the expansion of Doel 4 and Tihange 3. Some people support this.” garden. “Engie Electrabel and the government must also comply with the law.”