On Sunday, June 25, 2017, people from three countries with different languages are protesting together hand-in-hand for our goal: the immediate shutdown of the nuclear power plants Tihange 2 and Doel 3. We will form a 90 Kilometres long human chain, connecting Aachen, Maastricht and Liege: three countries, three languages, three cities, one goal.
Why are we doing this?
We are asking for the immediate shutdown of the nuclear power plants Tihange 2 and Doel 3. Both these power plants are in use since the early ‘80s of the twentieth century. They belong to the so-called second generation nuclear power plants and have been running for over 40 years.
Why are Tihange 2 and Doel 3 even more dangerous than “normal” nuclear power plants? In one of the most important components of a nuclear power plant, the reactor pressure vessel RVP, there are thousands of cracks up to 18 cm in diameter. The nuclear fission takes place in the reactor pressure vessel. The RPV must not burst under any circumstances, because then a core melt can no longer be prevented. However, the cracks can become larger under difficult operating conditions, for example an emergency shutdown, and the RPV can explode. Independent experts have conducted a detailed investigation.
In the surrounding countries the people and the politicians are worried about the safety of the Belgium nuclear power plants. Several city councils have already started legal procedures against the Belgium government and the owner of the nuclear power plants. Luxembourg and Germany started procedures to force a shutdown.
Four Belgium environmental organisations have presented a scenario for a sustainable energy supply for Belgium. You can read it here, but it is in Dutch.
This action is coordinated by several organisations from the joining countries. Fin du Nucléaire and 113eweging from Belgium, Aachener Aktionsbündnis gegen Atomenergie from Germany and WISE in the Netherlands.
You can register on the international website as a group or an individual here: https://www.chain-reaction-tihange.eu/en/