5 Oct, 2015 @ 15:22
1 min read

USA agree to clear up Palomares nuclear waste 50 years after disaster


PalomaresTHE US government has finally agreed to clear up the nuclear fall-out at Palomares.

Nearly 50 years after the incident occurred, decontamination of the Almeria coastal resort is set to take place after years of complaints from residents.

Dubbed the ‘worst nuclear accident in US history’, the town of 16,000 – half of whom are British expats – was covered in nuclear waste after two US Air Force planes carrying four nuclear bombs collided in 1966.

Seven crew members were instantly killed, while two bombs split, disseminating radioactive matter over a square mile of Palomares.

In the 49 years since then, only 25% of the radioactive damage has been removed.

The clean up job is due to begin in the new year and is expected to take two years to complete.

The US department of energy plans to dig up affected areas, ship them out in containers and bury them in the Nevada desert.   

In March, more than 45,000 people signed a change.org petition demanding the US cleared up the mess ‘once and for all’.


Rob Horgan

DO YOU HAVE NEWS FOR US at Spain’s most popular English newspaper - the Olive Press? Contact us now via email: [email protected] or call 951 273 575. To contact the newsdesk out of regular office hours please call +34 665 798 618.


  1. Will they do it at last, I have my doubts? I expect the Desert Springs buyers will be relieved if it happens, those who bought in good faith and no doubt didn’t know of this when buying. Yet this site is still being pushed by a general advice Spanish property website elsewhere where advertising revenue is more important than facts!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Burger King Whopper wine e
Previous Story

Burger King launch limited edition Whopper wine to celebrate 40 years in Spain

Golf Resorts Miraval e
Next Story

Taylor Wimpey Espana sales soar as Spanish property booms

Latest from Almeria

Go toTop

More From The Olive Press

2 bedroom Townhouse for sale in Cuevas del Almanzora with pool garage - € 275

2 bedroom Townhouse for sale in Cuevas del Almanzora with pool garage – € 275,000

Townhouse Cuevas del Almanzora, Almería   2 beds   1
Spain’s Malaga recieves 1.2 million tourists in first quarter of 2022—four times more than last year

Revealed: The provinces with the fastest growing economies in Spain’s Andalucia – partly thanks to tourism

NEW figures from Andalucia’s Institute of Statistics and Cartography show