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Given all the radioactive elements inside a nuclear power plant, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there’s a little more to a plant’s exterior than you’d find at a coal power plant. When it comes to curbing the greenhouse effect, nuclear energy appears to be a useful technology. But nuclear energy is well-known for its power to divide opinions. Proponents consider nuclear energy to be safe, sustainable and necessary to combat climate change. Opponents consider the technology unnecessary and fundamentally unsafe: because of the radioactive waste and the risk of serious accidents, such as in Fukushima after the earthquake in Japan. What are your thoughts?

Tom Keij (the Netherlands)

Tom Keij is Fuel Cycle Manager at the Borssele Nuclear Power Plant of EPZ. He joined this company in 2007 after having studied Physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology and having worked for the Dutch research organisation TNO and the Saint-Gobain Isover company. Within EPZ he started in the Engineering department. He was responsible for many diverse topics, like the deterministic safety analyses and the license applications for Long Term Operation and for the measures stemming from the Periodic Safety Review including the Fukushima stress test. He has a long history in (spent) fuel transports. From 2020 on he is also responsible for the procurement of the nuclear fuel, the reprocessing of the spent fuel and the return of the waste after reprocessing.