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Entrepreneurs Want New Nuclear Power Plant

9 February 2007

BRUSSELS — The Belgian Entrepreneurs Union (VBO) is asking the government to give the green light to build a new nuclear power plant in Belgium, De Morgen reports. The union has been harshly criticised by organisations opposing the use of nuclear energy.

“Belgium is a country with heavy energy consumption thanks to its developed industries. We must secure that there will be no energy shortage in the future”, said Rudi Thomaes, Chairman of the VBO.

VBO strives for diversification of energy sources, including alternative energy sources. However it is nuclear energy that can effectively help solve the CO2 emission problems, Thomaes said.

The former government decided a while ago that Belgian nuclear power plants should all be shut down in the course of 40 years. The first power plant must be closed in 2015. The last nuclear power plants in Doel and Tihange are to be shut down in 2025.

The new government, however, is questioning the above plan.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news