Advanced research, lagging policy : nuclear waste governance in Belgium
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Wiesbaden :Springer Fachmedien, 2015
Governance of nuclear waste management : an international comparison / Brunnengräber, Achim [edit.]; et al.
Energy policy and climate protection
University of Antwerp
Belgium developed a rather extensive nuclear research and development (R&D) programme quite early due to the ready supply of uranium from the former colony of Congo and its contribution to the Manhattan project. Belgium, once had the national ambition of developing a full nuclear fuel cycle. Nuclear power provides 52% of the national electricity supply in Belgium in 2014. Belgiums seven reactors four in the Flemish municipality of Doel, three in the Walloon municipality of Tihange became operational between 1975 and 1985. The history of the Belgian nuclear programme is for a large part one of fait accompli politics and has been characterized by a general lack of transparent decision making (Laes et al. 2007).