Belgian reactors face threat of closure after EU court ruling

The Belgian government should have conducted a full environmental impact assessment before legislating to upgrade and continue operating two nuclear reactors that were slated for closure in 2015

The Belgian government should have conducted a full environmental impact assessment before legislating to upgrade and continue operating two nuclear reactors that were slated for closure in 2015, the EU Court of Justice has ruled.

The judgment concerns reactors 1 and 2 of the Doel nuclear power plant near Antwerp. The ECJ said the required €700m modernisation works were extensive enough to “affect the physical reality of the sites concerned” and that legislators had been aware of this when agreeing the extension.

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