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Belgium halts fractured nuclear reactor

Belgium has temporarily closed one of its seven nuclear power plants after EU-imposed safety inspections identified possible cracks in the tank surrounding the reactor core.

Preliminary inspections of the Doel-3 reactor, located near Antwerp, suggested that radiation damage may have resulted in fractures in the steel tank. As a result, the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control halted operations, although the agency states that no radiation has been emitted from the plant and there is no danger to the population, workers or the environment.

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