Nuclear industry attacks Belgian phase-out

Europe's nuclear power industry has blasted the Belgian government's confirmation last week that the country will close its atomic power stations by 2025 as "unwise and unrealistic". Peter Haug, secretary general of lobby group Foratom, said the decision was "based purely on ideology" and that there were "no economic, environmental, technical or safety-related reasons" for the phase-out. The government had "bowed to the Greens" at a time of "rising concern" over security of energy supply and greenhouse gas emissions, he said (EED 04/03/02). See press release.

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