No new nuclear power plant in Holland

12th September 2008, Comments 1 comment

Energy company Delta’s request to build a second plant in Borssele in the province of Zeeland has been rejected by the government.

12 September 2008

THE HAGUE -- The Dutch cabinet will not grant permission to build a new nuclear power plant, following an earlier announcement this week that the energy company Delta wanted to request a license to build a second plant in Borssele in the province of Zeeland.

According to BNR News Radio on Thursday, Environment Minister Jacqueline Cramer said the government was quite clear on the matter: "New nuclear power stations are not up for discussion."
The decision goes against an earlier statement by the Christian Democrats that they were prepared to consider such construction.

The leader of the party, Pieter van Geel, went so far as to say that nuclear energy is unavoidable.

Cramer's Labour Party, however, said it wanted nothing to do with new nuclear plants.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

1 Comment To This Article

  • historytechdoc posted:

    on 16th September 2008, 06:27:50 - Reply

    How can the French be so energy independent and most of the rest of Europe just sit around with their heads in the ground waiting for the price of oil to recede. The French have shown that nuclear energy is safe if built to certain quality standards. Is the Dutch government implying that their engineers are not as good as those in France? That's a great reference for all the money Dutch engineers bring in from all over the world for their hydraulics expertise.

    A no vote on this plant is mortgaging our financial future and continuing our dependency on foreign fuel, Dutch natural gas, and/or a coastline full of wind turbines for no scientifically valid reasons.