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The government paralyzes the building permit of the nuclear waste warehouse

The Ministry urges the CSN to suspend the processing of the file of the silo of the locality conques of Villar de Cañas

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The government paralyzes the building permit of the nuclear waste warehouse

Sources of Ministry for ecological transition explain that last week Department of Teresa Ribera sent letter to CSN, supervisor in charge of analyzing and endorsing permit of construction of silo for nuclear waste. The letter urged that dossier be suspended. The same sources indicate that CSN will soon hold a plenary session in which suspension of construction permit is scheduled to be approved at request of Ministry.

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ATC is a costly infrastructure — its budget is around one billion — whose location has been embroiled in controversy. The CSN endorsed site chosen in July 2015. Even though it was a good conflicting sight. CSN technicians and some external consultant questioned suitability of soils of lands chosen in Villar de Cañas.

But in this case re is something more than a technical opposition; There is also a strong political pulse between government of Castilla-La Mancha – which rejects silo's rise in Cuenca – and central executive – which in 2011, as PP arrived at Moncloa, he appointed Villar de Cañas as place where ATC would be erected.

The change of government is now paralysis of this construction permit, something that banks demanded several groups opposed to project and ir party partner Emiliano García-Page, president of Castilla-La Mancha. It's a new halt in a project that builds years of delays. In outdated – although in force – National nuclear waste Plan It is noted that this silo should be ready in 2010. In 2015, when nth delay was found, it was given as a date for this 2018 to be operational. And 2021 is limit placed on Enresa table, public company responsible for managing nuclear waste in Spain.

While se delays were noted, active nuclear power plants have been building individual warehouses within ir facilities to keep dangerous spent fuel from ir reactors.

The Ministry of Ribera links suspension of processing of that permit to which it is still designing its energy strategy for next decade. and to project and undertake a millionaire infrastructure of this type is essential to know what needs to cover. For example, it is not same as all plants have closed in 2028 – when y meet 40 years – for executive to allow m to operate beyond four decades.

This energy future should be reflected by Government in an energy and climate plan that must be presented before end of year to European Commission. Ministerial sources point out that before submitting this plan – something that will possibly occur in December – CSN will have been instructed on what to do with pending construction permit processing.

No environmental impact statement

The building permit is not only thing missing from project. Nor does it have environmental impact statement, which should be issued by Ministry for Energy transition. In addition, Castilla-La Mancha annulled urban plan of Villar de Cañas that contemplated silo. And that plan would be a must if you wanted to build this warehouse for radioactive waste. The opposition of Castilla-La Mancha has been instrumental in this matter. When Villar de Cañas was appointed in 2011, community was ruled by PP. When in 2015 PSOE returned to Junta waged a war against silo.

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