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26 April marks the 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl. Against this background, Barbara Hendricks explained that Germany is a technical pioneer when it comes to decommissioning nuclear power plants. Ukraine and its neighbour Belarus are still suffering the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. She thus called for the German nuclear phase-out to be completed responsibly and safely. more

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In light of comments from the Reactor Safety Commission (RSK) and discussions between German and Belgian nuclear safety experts, Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks has requested that the Belgian Government take the nuclear reactor blocks Tihange 2 and Doel 3 off the grid until unresolved safety issues have been clarified. Hydrogen flakes were found in the reactor pressure vessels of the two nuclear power plants. more

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With the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster coming up on 26 April, Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks travelled to Ukraine to commemorate the catastrophe. The focus of her two-day trip is a visit to the site of the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl. Being clearly visible even from a great distance, it is a grim reminder of the worst accident in the history of the civil use of nuclear energy. more

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Five years ago a flood wave caused by a severe earthquake in Japan led to a core meltdown in the four blocks of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. High levels of radioactivity were released with devastating consequences for people and the environment. Barbara Hendricks will travel to Japan in May to learn about the work being carried out on the site of the Fukushima I nuclear power plant and to visit the evacuated areas. more

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At the meeting on Belgian nuclear power plants Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks and Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Security and Home Affairs responsible for nuclear safety, Jan Jambon, and Minister of Environment Marie Christine Marghem agreed that both countries want to strengthen their cooperation in questions of nuclear safety and set up an agreement on a permanent basis. more