Friday, May 24, 2013

Dangerous nuclear power plant of Garoña allowed extended term to request continuity

March against Garoña (source)
The most perilous elderly nuclear power plant of Garoña, located at the very border of the Basque Country, near Miranda de Ebro, and almost certain cause of many cancers and other unlikely diseases in young people raised in the area (I've known personally way too many), was scheduled to be closed on June 6th, after the owner, Nuclenor, disdained the official term to apply for yet another extension.

However the Spanish Nuclear Security Council has given them an in extremis extension of a whole year (cf. Naiz Info[es]), just two weeks before they should have closed down the facility (to the satisfaction of almost everyone). The single Fukushima-like GE reactor will have to remain in shutdown and empty of any fuel while the new application follows the extraordinary procedure but it does not matter because it is a clear signal that the radioactive generator will most likely be allowed to continue in existence forever and ever as a Damocles sword on the very physical survival of the Basque People. 

Garoña was demonstrated unsafe again by this Greenpeace's action

The primary killer radius of Garoña includes major cities like Bilbao, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Santander, Burgos or Logroño. The effects of a Fukushima-style catastrophe would surely destroy the whole Ebor Valley, including Iruñea-Pamplona, Zaragoza, Lleida, etc. The very contunity of the Basque People is at the stake with this nuclear time bomb so close to us.

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