The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament today (14 January) presented the third study in a series on the Belgian nuclear reactors Doel 3 and Tihange 2, which was commissioned from materials scientist Dr. Ilse Tweer. The study presents new information on flaws in the reactor pressure vessels and underlines that continued operation of the reactors would be irresponsible. Commenting on the study, Greens/EFA Co-President Rebecca Harms said: “Operating these two reactors, which contain thousands of cracks, is irresponsible. This study comes to the clear conclusion that there is no evidence how and when these cracks appeared in the reactor pressure vessels nor if they have changed whilst the reactor was in operation or how they might do so in the future. There is simply no evidence to support the claim by Electrabel that the flaws are ‘most likely’ hydrogen flakes, introduced during the manufacture of the steel and unchanged since then. The only way to determine this would be by destroying the pressure vessels.
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