Belgium: Stop the next Chernobyl

19.02.2016 - Pressenza Hong Kong

Belgium: Stop the next Chernobyl
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Belgium: Stop the next Chernobyl — days to act!

 To the Implementation Committee of the UN ESPOO Convention, the Belgian Government, and to all concerned Governments in the European Union:

As concerned citizens, we call on you to take all necessary steps to immediately carry out a trans-boundary environmental impact assessment under the EU’s EIA Directive and the UN’s Espoo Convention for all Belgian reactors. Until this crucial step is taken, the reactors in Doel and Tihange that are causing safety concerns due to the numerous leaks, cracks, and even sabotage attempts should be shut down. Public safety comes first.

Nuclear experts are scared. Belgium just restarted two ancient power plants, despite the discovery of 16,000 cracks last year in two of the reactors, and a recent explosion at another. Theythreaten to spark another Chernobyl disaster right in the heart of Europe!

Last week, nearly 900,000 European Avaazers won a campaign demanding international inspections, and got this dangerous story all over the media. If Avaazers around the world join in now, we could get a UN environmental impact body to help shut down the sites for good until they’re proven safe.

Belgium’s government is under intense pressure. If we build the largest global call ever for energy safety, we can shut these sites down and set a precedent in Europe that could help close dozens of hazardous nuclear plants across the world. Let’s urgently get 2 million of us behind this push — sign and share on Facebook, Twitter, email… everywhere before it is too late.

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