A SECOND LIFE // However, the decommissioned plant did enjoy a ‘second life’: Eurochemic was to become the first reprocessing plant in the world that would be decommissioned. It received the status of ‘pilot project for the development of nuclear decommissioning techniques’. The international cooperation was also continued with an extensive programme for the management of radioactive waste, which had been produced by Eurochemic. The thirteen countries compiled a budget that allowed the Belgian government to finance the decommissioning of the plant. It was an example of the determination of the participating countries to take their responsibility for the safe management of the nuclear site.  
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