Spain scraps controversial nuclear waste facility

Nuclear waste management in Spain faces upheaval after ecological transition minister Teresa Ribera this weekend recognised that plans for a centralised temporary storage facility (ATC) have “not been well-managed” and will “not easily be revived under any circumstance”.

“We will responsibly seek solutions for nuclear waste and open a serious and sensible debate. We have to decide whether we need one, two or three sites and if we have to look at regional solutions,” she told El País newspaper.

Opposition to the chosen ATC site in the Castilla La Mancha region grew after questions arose about its geological suitability, with regional president Emiliano García-Page praising the minister on Monday for “ending the nightmare of the nuclear cemetery”.

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