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Parliamentary questions
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7 November 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Petra De Sutter
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Radiological monitoring in north-east Belgium

Euratom regulations require Member States to perform constant radiological monitoring of their populations and to communicate the findings. In the summary report on radiological monitoring in Belgium (2017), the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) concludes that, although the radiological situation in Belgium is satisfactory, there is one water catchment area that still requires attention due to the higher levels of artificial and natural radioactivity caused by human activity there. This is the hydrographic network of the Laak, Winterbeek and Nete. According to the report, monitoring of north-east Belgium reveals that certain nuclear installations in the region of Mol-Dessel have a small but measurable impact on the environment. Although Belgium is therefore complying with its national and international radiological monitoring obligations, public concern is felt about the higher than normal level of radioactivity.

In view of the increased vigilance of the FANC, can the Commission guarantee that there is no risk to public health and the environment in the De Kempen/Campine region?

Does the Commission consider it either necessary or worthwhile for the competent Belgian authorities to take additional action, possibly on a voluntary basis, in response to the raised level of radioactivity in the region concerned?

Original language of question: NL
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