Spain plans temporary nuclear waste storage

Spain's national radioactive waste organisation Enresa has confirmed that it wants, as has long been speculated, to send high-level waste to a new central temporary dry-storage facility rather than constructing a deep geological repository (EED 05/08/99). Addressing the Spanish parliament last week Enresa president José Pina declared that, because of the technical difficulties and cost of a repository, "Spain should wait and see" what to do in the long term. New storage capacity of some kind is needed by 2012 at the latest to take waste currently held at individual nuclear plants. See Enresa.

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