|Greenpeace brings tidings to European Parliament|
However, police decided to extend the cordoned-off area outside parliament by an extra 30 meters as a "precaution", and called in experts from the Belgian nuclear waste authorities to test the samples.
The law - which MEPs are about to advise on - is nothing more than a public relations exercise designed to convince the people of Europe that the problem of nuclear waste can be solved.
He said, "The aim of today's protest is to show that there is no solution to nuclear waste."
Despite their danger, Haverkamp said the materials are not classified as radioactive waste when discharged or left in the open environment as they stem from so-called 'authorised emissions' or from uranium mining.
"When collected and put in a container, the samples are classified as radioactive waste that needs to be guarded for centuries until decayed," he added.
"Other nuclear waste, such as that waste from decommissioning and spent nuclear fuel, is even more dangerous and must be stored for hundreds of thousands of years.
"There is no way of securing this waste over such long time periods with guaranteed safety, and it continues to pile up all over the world."
The radical environmentalist group, which is against nuclear energy production in general, lately has dedicated much work and research to Niger, a main uranium producer. Greenpeace holds it can document large environmental damage in connection with uranium production in Niger.
The 300 gram soil sample presented in Brussels were from "the uranium mining village of Akokan in Niger," according to the Greenpeace activists, where the French company Areva produces nuclear fuel for nuclear power stations worldwide.
The sample had shown several dangerous nuclear minerals. Alone the Uranium-238 levels "are six times over the Belgian limit," according to Greenpeace's own research.