Belgium consults other countries on reactor flaw

Aug 16, 2012

(AP) — The Belgian nuclear regulatory agency has updated other countries on possible hairline cracks found in the steel vessel housing the reactor at a nuclear plant near Antwerp.

The head of the Agence Federal de Controle Nucleaire — the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control — also used a meeting Thursday as a forum where officials could share their expertise on vessel integrity and inspections.

The "flaw indications" were found by ultrasound when the plant was closed for a recent safety inspection. Agency head Willy De Roovere said such inspections are carried out on Belgian nuclear plants every 12-18 months.

The technical experts invited to the meeting came from the U.S., France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Sweden and the U.K.

De Roovere said there was no danger to the public.

Explore further: Green energy investments worldwide surge 17 percent to $270 billion in 2014

0 shares

Related Stories

Belgium: Possible flaw in nuclear plant

Aug 10, 2012

(AP) — A possible hairline crack in the steel tank containing the reactor at a Belgian nuclear plant poses no danger to the public, the country's nuclear regulatory agency said Friday.

US nuclear reactor turned off after radiation leak

Feb 02, 2012

A reactor at the San Onofre nuclear power plant near San Diego has been shut down after a radiation leak which was not big enough to cause public harm, the US atomic safety agency said Wednesday.

Small fire stops Swedish nuclear reactor

Oct 23, 2011

A small fire in a turbine hall shut down a Swedish nuclear reactor overnight but the blaze was swiftly extinguished, nuclear power plant officials said Sunday.

Officials seek cause of reactor shutdown

Nov 03, 2006

Authorities are investigating the cause of the nuclear reactor shutdown at Three Mile Island near Harrisburg, Pa., although no radiation leaked in the incident.

Recommended for you

Battery bounce test inaccurate measure of charge

15 hours ago

Don't throw away those bouncing batteries. Researchers at Princeton University have found that the common test of bouncing a household battery to learn if it is dead or not is not actually an effective way ...

Colombia transforms old tires into green housing

Mar 30, 2015

The highlands around the Colombian capital are scattered with small buildings that look like out-of-place igloos but are in fact innovative houses made from the tires that litter the country's roads.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.