First nuclear surface waste dump gets go ahead

31st January 2007, Comments 0 comments

31 January 2007, GUADALJARA — Spain is to build its first surface nuclear waste dump.

31 January 2007

GUADALJARA — Spain is to build its first surface nuclear waste dump.

The Industry Ministry and the environment ministry approved plans for Union Fenosa to construct the first temporary surface storage facility for radioactive waste in Zorita, Guadalajara.

The Spanish daily El Pais reported the radioactive material will be stored on a platform of concrete in 16 reinforced containers, which will be exposed to the elements.

The nuclear waste dump, built on the site of an old power plant, will cost EUR 4.5 million and will take six months to complete.

Once the plant is dismantled and the radioactive material in place, this amount will be returned to the company by the public company Enresa, responsible for managing
all radioactive waste in Spain.

The government is expected to construct a centralized storage facility for permanent waste storage by 2010.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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