Cross-border cooperation on nuclear safety between the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany leaves a lot to be desired, the Dutch Safety Board has concluded in a new report. Although the report says that the chances of a serious incident are “small”, it warns that cross-border nuclear accident cooperation would “not run smoothly” and urges the authorities to improve contingency planning. Belgium’s nuclear reactors have long courted controversy due to their age, well-documented safety concerns and their close proximity to the country’s borders with Germany and the Netherlands. The Dutch Safety Board report looked into how well the three countries are working together on aspects like evacuation strategies, plant maintenance and contingency planning. Its report highlighted that radiation treatment measures vary between the three countries. For example, Germany has issued iodine tablets to some border communities while towns on the other side of the borders go without. Evacuation plans also differ.
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