DEVELOPING NOW -- 2 Belgian nuclear plants evacuated
Staff not essential for the running of nuclear plants in Doel and Tihange in Belgium have been sent home at the request of Belgian authorities following the deadly attacks in Brussels, the plants' French operator, Engie, said on Tuesday.
A spokesman for Engie - which owns and operates seven reactors in Belgium through its Electrabel unit - told Reuters that key staff remained on site to continue operating the facilities, however.
He added the decision was part of a set of safety measures related to the high security alert in the country following the attacks on Brussels airport and a rush-hour metro train in the Belgian capital.
"Only those who are really needed are staying, the other people were sent home," Belgium's Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) spokeswoman Nele Scheerlinck told Belgian daily Het Laatste Nieuws.