Tons of radioactive earth to be moved in convoy

17th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

17 October 2006, MADRID — Six tons of earth contaminated with nuclear waste is to be transported across Spain to a dump.

17 October 2006

MADRID — Six tons of earth contaminated with nuclear waste is to be transported across Spain to a dump.

The Spanish daily El Mundo reported on Tuesday 6,000 square metres of earth will be moved from University City in Madrid to the nuclear dump in El Cabril in Cordoba, southern Spain.

The Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology (Ciemat), based in the University City, confirmed the earth would be moved next Spring.

It comes after years of protests by local workers and legal moves presented to the environment attorney Emilio Valerio.

Juan Antonio Rubio Rodríguez, Ciemat director, said there was low and medium level contamination in the earth which will be moved.

According to a report in the newspaper, 175cm below the ground there were radioactive elements, including plutonium.

To move this amount of earth, the authorities are to use 600 lorries as there are no direct trains to El Cabril.

The contamination is thought to have come from a number of dismantled laboratories.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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