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Half a million European signatures against Belgian nuclear sites

About 500,000 citizens from across the European Union have signed a petition asking for the closure of the Belgian nuclear reactors Tihange 2 and Doel 3, which are showing small cracks in the reactor vessels. 

Many signatures come from Germany and the Netherlands. Local residents there have great concerns about the Belgian sites. The petition was given to the Belgian nuclear watchdog FANC, who recently decided to start up the process to get Doel 3 going again, after problems had been seen concerning the concrete in a bunker in a non-nuclear part of the site, which triggered the closure of the site.

Protesters assembled in Brussels today, but in a reaction, the FANC said that security is guaranteed. While campaigners demand that the sites be closed "until it has been 100 percent proved that the safety of civilians and staff is not at risk", the FANC said "we had a constructive talk , but our position remains the same: the nuclear reactors are secure."