Belgium restarts ageing Tihange 1 nuclear reactor

Belgium's Tihange nuclear plant, with its three reactors, has been the subject of protests from environmentalists and others who fear the reactors are too old to be operated safelyBelgian power utility Electrabel said Saturday it had restarted a nuclear reactor at its ageing Tihange plant, just days after being forced to shut it down following a fire in the electricity supply system. An Electrabel spokesman said the Tihange 1 reactor was put back on line as scheduled and would be running at full power in due course. Tihange 1 is the oldest of three reactors at the plant, about an hour’s drive southwest of Brussels, and began service in 1975.

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