Belgium’s nuclear regulator has approved the restart of the Tihange-1 nuclear power unit following maintenance and upgrades that have been carried out as part of a plan for long-term operation.
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The Tihange 1 nuclear plant is “outdated” and “extremely dangerous”, German nuclear engineering expert Manfred Mertins said on Thursday during a press conference at the European Parliament. While Belgium’s Federal Agency for Nuclear Control, AFCN, gave the green light last week for the resumption of operations at Tihange 1 in the near future, Professor Mertins highlighted many vulnerable points which, he said, the plant has in the area of safety. In a report he compiled at the request of the Greens in the European Parliament, Mertins stressed, first of all, that the plant failed to meet international requirements regarding safety and reliability. Tihange 1 is one of the oldest nuclear plants in the world, Mertins wrote, noting that it was designed on the basis of safety principles that applied in the early 1970s. Accidents since then at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima have shown that a significant increase in the safety requirements was necessary, he stressed, deploring the many failings observed at the Belgian plant. The nuclear engineering expert argued that the sharp increase in unforeseen events at Tihange 1 were further evidence of the ageing of the plant, whose management he described as “completely erratic”.
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