Belgium should have carried out environmental impact studies before prolonging the operational life of two nuclear reactors, Europe’s top court ruled Monday (29 July). The European Court of Justice, responding to a case brought by two environmental pressure groups, found the Belgian government in breach of EU law. Belgium must now conduct environmental assessments and demonstrate that there is a “genuine and serious threat” of power cuts if the plants are closed. And, as the Doel 1 and Doel 2 reactors are on a site close to the Dutch border, the Netherlands must be involved in a “transboundary assessment procedure”. The Belgian constitutional court will now decide the fate of the power stations, taking into account the legal interpretation of the ECJ.
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The Belgian law extending the operating life of nuclear power stations Doel 1 and Doel 2 was adopted without the required environmental assessments being carried out first .
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The European Court of Justice concludes that the life-time extension of the nuclear power reactors Doel 1 and Doel 2 is unlawful because no Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was made nor had public participation taken place in the run-up to the decision. With that, the Court sides with the environmental organisations Bond Beter Leefmilieu (BBL) and Inter-Environment Wallonie (IEW). Sara van Dyck of BBL: “This advice is an important European precedent. It confirms that life-time extension of nuclear power stations cannot just be made behind the curtain.”
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