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Belgium Will Eliminate All Nuclear Power Plants By 2025

Belgium Will Eliminate All Nuclear Power Plants By 2025

Belgium is a small European country with political parties that don’t usually agree. But one thing they do agree on is their country’s energy future–and it doesn’t lie in nuclear power.

Although nuclear energy currently accounts for over half of the country’s energy, Belgium’s leaders recently announced that both of its commercial nuclear sites will be closed permanently by 2025.

The two Belgian nuclear sites are located at opposite ends of the country. Doel Nuclear Power Station is on the northwest side near the port of Antwerp. The Tihange Nuclear Power Station is to the southwest along the Meuse River.

Although the country drew up plans to phase out its nuclear power plants back in 2003, public hostility towards nuclear energy since Japan’s nuclear crisis at Fukushima, encouraged leaders to announce formal plans for implementation.

And Belgium isn’t the only country to bail on nuclear energy since Fukushima.

Since the disaster, Japan abandoned its plans for 14 new nuclear plants and Germany announced that it would shut down all 17 of its nuclear plants by 2022. Switzerland followed Germany’s example by agreeing to eliminate its dependence on nuclear energy by 2034.

Belgium, like these other countries, is confident that its growing energy consumption needs can be met through renewable sources.


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5:33PM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Kudos to the government of Belgium. If only our government officials were that smart.
Nuclear power is not only dangerous in a plant it is in the waste that can not be discarded safely.

The only thing it seems to really be good for and at is destruction.

1:20PM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Good, but I would like to see more commitment to Green energy in North America. I would like to see less dependence on oil, fewer cars (remember when families had 1 car?) and more people paying attention to their habits so they can learn to use less.

1:54PM PST on Feb 16, 2012

I hope this will happen, I live in Belgium and this can't happen soon enough for me :D

10:33PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Janine H I must HONOR your post. THANK YOU. I have a dear friend whom lives in Belgium and it seems to me-to be one of the most forward countries. Maybe it is because we are such friends and I am more educated, maybe not! Forgive me for using this forum for a 'personal' message.

3:58AM PST on Dec 11, 2011

This is a very good idea. When is it time for other countries to follow? Is it, when everyone is sick, or already dead?

"Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten."
(Native American proverb)

"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers." (Martin Luther King)

9:23PM PST on Nov 18, 2011

How long will it take the U.S.A. to face reality?

5:58AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

2025 is too late. New tipping point for the climate is estimate to be 2017... For all those with children: your children will not even see the adolescence :) and many people are still making more children... What will they breathe? where will they live? what will they eat? They will just fight for a grasp of clean water and commit suicide full of hate for their parents who provoked their agony...

5:28PM PST on Nov 16, 2011

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9:22PM PST on Nov 14, 2011

No nuclear!! Yea! It pains me so much that the the US is so far behind other countries in going green

7:35PM PST on Nov 14, 2011

Good to hear.

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