The life cycle of the installation involves a number of phases: construction, operation, and dismantlement, each with their own specific environmental aspects and impacts.
Environmental aspects & impacts (nl)
Water from the Scheldt river cools the steam that drives the turbines. This water never comes into contact with the installation’s nuclear parts. 98% ends up being returned to the Scheldt, while the rest is emitted as vapour from the cooling towers. Water from the other circuits is thoroughly purified, and reused as much as possible.
Every possible preventive measure is being taken to prevent soil and groundwater contamination. This is being constantly monitored at the site, and will continue during the future dismantling of the generation units.
The main goal is always to reduce and manage both radioactive and non-radioactive waste. All waste that leaves the site is registered and monitored until it is processed. We also enforce extensive sorting on the site.
Waste management (nl)