Belgium - Plutonium Investigation n°9

Who's Who ?
In Belgium

State & Industry

Belgoprocess is the operating arm of the national waste management agency ONDRAF/NIRAS. It operates conditioning facilities for nuclear waste at Dessel/Mol.
Gravenstraat 73 - B-2480 Dessel
Tel: +32 14 33 4111
Fax: +32 14 31 3012

Belgonucléaire, half owned by the Belgian Kingdom and half owned by Tractebel/Electrabel, operates the MOX fuel fabrication plant at Dessel/Mol. A lion share of this MOX fuel was purchased by foreign utilities and made from plutonium separated at the French La Hague plants.
Europalaan 20 - B-2480 Dessel
Tel: +32 14 33 0211 -
Fax : +32 14 31 7046

Electrabel is by far the largest electricity utility and has a de facto monopoly position in Belgium. It operates the seven nuclear power reactors in the country. Shares: 40% Tractebel, 5% mixed municipalities, 53% on stock exchange.

Bd du Régent, 8 B-1000 Bruxelles
Tel: +32 2 518 62 62
Fax: +32 2 513 83 43
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FBFC-International in Dessel/Mol
FBFC-International is a wholly owned subsidiary of the French FBFC, which is owned 51% by the French Framatome and 49% by the COGEMA. FBFC operates a uranium fuel fabrication plant, and also produces MOX fuel assemblies from MOX pellets produced by Belgonucléaire's P0 plant.
Europalaan 12 - B-2480 Dessel
Tel: +32 14 33 12 11
Fax: +32 14 32 26 14

Ministry for Interior Affairs
Jan Michiels, a member of the Flemish Socialist Party (SP), advisor on nuclear safety to the minister for Interior Affairs . Mr. Michiels was notably very active in preparing the participation of the socialist Members of Parliament in the 1993 MOX/reprocessing debate. Jan Michiels - Secrétaire pour la Sécurité Nucléaire - Ministère des Affaires Intérieures
60, rue Royale - B-1000 Bruxelles
Tel: +32 2 504 8511
Fax: +32 2 504 8500

Administration of Energy
Jean-Pol Poncelet is both Minister for Defense and in charge of Energy in Belgium.
Rue Lambermont 2 - B-1000 Bruxelles Tel: +32 2 550 2811
Fax: +32 2 550 2919

ONDRAF (in French)
NIRAS (in Dutch)

ONDRAF (Organisme national des déchets radioactifs et des matières fissiles enrichies) is the national radioactive waste management organisation. It is formally responsible for enriched fissile materials, while Synatom manages the Belgian nuclear fuel.
1, Place Madou
BP 25 - B-1210 Bruxelles
Tel: +32 2 212 1011
Fax: +32 2 218 5165

CEN (in French)
SCK (in Dutch)

The Belgian nuclear research center SCK-CEN performs research and industrial operations of management of radioactive waste and of decommissioning of nuclear facilities. Notably SCK-CEN is currently dismantling the demonstration BR3 pressurised water reactor and the Eurochemic reprocessing plant.
PR Service: Anne Verledens Boeretang 200 - B-2400 Mol
Tel: +32 14 33 25 86
Fax: +32 14 33 25 84
Web page:

Synatom is a company owned by Tractebel/Electrabel to manage the nuclear fuel chain for the nuclear power plants and is responsible for the following: uranium supply, conversion and enrichment, spent fuel interim storage and conditioning, spent fuel reprocessing. Fuel fabrication is under Electrabel's responsibility. Through a golden share, the Belgian federal government has the right to veto any decision of Synatom's board.
13, Avenue Marnix - B-1050 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 505 0711
Fax: +32 2 505 0790

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Opposition activities & Contact addresses

The Belgian Greenpeace office has put considerable attention to the plutonium issue over the last five years. It notably campaigned against MOX use and reprocessing contracts with La Hague.
Greenpeace Belgium - Jan Vande Putte Voorhuitgangstraat 317 - B-1030 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 201 1944
Fax: +32 2 201 19 50

Eloi Glorieux
Eloi Glorieux, former nuclear campaigner for Greenpeace International in Brussels, has been very active on plutonium and on nuclear waste issues for many years. He is now working for War Resisters International (WRI - Forum voor Vredesaktie) which is more active on military nuclear issues.
Forum voor vredesaktie VZW
Van Elwijckstraat 35 - B-1050 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 648 7583
Fax: +32 2 640 0774

For Mother Earth
This group has carried out actions against nuclear transports in Belgium and organised the Walk of a Nuclear-Free Future. The Gent based office is the office of the international network of For Mother Earth.
Pol d'Huyvetter-For Mother Earth
Lanje Steenstraat, 16 D - B-9000 Gent
Tel/Fax: +32 9 233 8439

University of Antwerp - STEM Department
Economics Professor Aviel Verbruggen specialises on energy issues and has been working on the economics of nuclear phase out in particular.
UFSIA - STEM Department
Kleine Kauwenberg 12 - B-2000 Antwerp
Tel: +32 3 220 4900

Chambre des Représentants
Olivier Deleuze, MP, member of the Ecolo Party Chambre des Représentants - B-1008 Bruxelles Tel: +32 2 549 4517

Martine Dardenne, Senator,
Member of the Ecolo party
Sénat - B-1009 - Bruxelles
Tel: +32 2 501 7070

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