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New nuclear waste dump sparks controversy in Spain

PUBLISHED: January 1, 2012 at 6:57 pm  •  LAST EDITED: January 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm
Environment, Features, National News  •  3 Comments


New nuclear waste dump sparks controversy in Spain

• Villar de Canas residents welcomed the news that a nuclear dump is to be built in their village


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RAJOY’S new government has announced a €700 million nuclear waste dump for a village near Madrid, provoking mixed reaction from residents and green groups.

The dump, to be built in the small town of Villar de Canas, is expected to create 300 new jobs – an obvious blessing for its residents given Spain’s current 21 per cent unemployment rate.

Many in this small village 135 km south-east of the capital have welcomed the news, with its mayor saying it was like ‘winning the lottery’.

Those in nearby villages, however, are considering taking legal action against the plan.

Greenpeace are also critical, saying the project is likely to cost nearly three times what the government has proposed, and that transporting waste to the site will be dangerous.

The plan was originally voted in 2004, but the location decision was delayed by Zapatero’s government amid protests.

Nuclear power currently provides around 20 per cent of Spain’s electricity.

“Radioactive waste has been generated for decades and will continue to be for years because Spain is not in a position to do without nuclear power,” said an Industry Ministry statement.

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stefanjo

January 1st, 2012 7:27 pm

Roll up roll up! there’s going to be a lot of bargain properties in the area. Don’t worry, it’s handy for the A3 when the dump leaks and it’s time to leg it.

Best of Spain

January 3rd, 2012 3:57 pm

A site in a far more desolate area, farther away from a densely populated area would be far better. The “estimated increase in employment of 300″ at the proposed site would be completely overshadowed by the cost opposing litigation, possible environmental/water contamination, litigated costs of long term health disorders, etc. Really dumb!

Bull Board

January 3rd, 2012 5:33 pm

Truly Scary – normally its just numbers, a couple of billions here and there wasted, funny and entertaining actually — but this is serious stuff that should not be in the hands of the inutil ……




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