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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Radioactive emission in Tarragona

It happened in November but has only now been known to the public. The nuclear central Ascó I, near Tarragona (southern Catalonia) had a problem with radioactive emissions to the enviroment last November. Now, after elections, the director and the rariological protection chief of that central have been suspended in what Greenpeace describes as mere scapegoating (source: Gara).

Considering the extreme laxitude that Spanish nuclear industry is treated with, with totally obsolete centrals still at work and consumers paying arbitrarily for the "nuclear moratory" (implemented in the 80s) in our electricity bills, the cessation of two such high profile figures must mean that the problem was very serious, even if we don't know yet the exact dimension of it.

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