Report: Holland needs more nuclear energy
23 June 2005AMSTERDAM — More use has to be made of nuclear energy in the Netherlands in the short term, a new report from the Christian Democrat party (CDA) claims.
23 June 2005
AMSTERDAM — More use has to be made of nuclear energy in the Netherlands in the short term, a new report from the Christian Democrat party (CDA) claims.
The report presented on Thursday states that Borssele — the one remaining nuclear power station in the Netherlands — must remain in operation past 2013, the deadline set by the government in 2003 to close it.
The three parties of CDA Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's coalition government have recently indicated support for extending the plant's operational life. Parliament has also backed the move.
Theo Rietkerk, chairman of the CDA's commission, suggested on Radio 1 that new nuclear plants could be built on condition the problems associated with processing nuclear waste could be solved.
The business community and "national and international governments" had to work together to come up with solutions for processing the waste. Rietkerk said. It was a "concern", he said, that the problem of nuclear waste had yet to be conquered after all these years.
"Fossil fuels are running out and we have to go down the road of renewal energy," Rietkerk said. But nuclear energy and natural gas would be needed to fill up the gap in the short term.
Rietkerk said the CDA also believed the position of Minister of the Environment should become a cabinet post again after the 2007 general election.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news