Spanish 1,000 MW nuclear plant halts - technicians

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

MADRID, June 10 (Reuters) - Spanish's 1,000 megawatt Asco I nuclear plant began a scheduled halt at midnight on Tuesday, technicians said.

"The halt began as scheduled. We are lowering output bit by bit, and are now at about 30 percent," a technician said by telephone.

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Spain watchdog boosts screening after nuclear leak

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

MADRID, May 7 (Reuters) - Spain's nuclear watchdog has stepped up screening of workers and visitors to the Asco I power station following a radioactive leak reported last month.

In a statement released late on Tuesday, the Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) added that it had so far checked 1,625 people out of a planned total of 2,544 at the plant near northeastern port Tarragona and found none to have been contamminated.

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Radioactive leak sparks Spanish debate on nuclear power

Friday, April 25, 2008

Madrid - For advocates of nuclear power in Spain, the recently discovered incident at the Asco I nuclear plant in the country's north-east could scarcely have come at a worse time.

Just as global warming and rising oil prices were making nuclear energy seem more acceptable, the radioactive leak at the plant near the coastal city of Tarragona sparked new safety concerns.

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Spain nuclear watchdog sees more safety after leak

Thursday, April 17, 2008

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Safety controls could be stepped up at Spain's nuclear power stations following a leak at a plant that will require the screening of hundreds of people, a leading nuclear security official said on Wednesday.

Spain's Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) criticized operators at the Asco I plant on Monday for failing to tell it about contamination from a leak which happened last November until April this year.

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Spain's nuclear council checks 800 people after finding bigger-than-reported radioactive leak

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

MADRID, Spain (AP) - Spain's Nuclear Safety Council says it is checking some 800 people for contamination after learning that a radioactive leak at a nuclear plant was larger than first reported.

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Spain nuclear plant leak below legal limit: watchdog

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

MADRID (Reuters) - Radioactivity from a leak detected at Spain's Asco I nuclear power plant during refueling last November was below legal limits, Spain's nuclear watchdog said on Tuesday.

The Nuclear Safety Commission sent inspectors to the plant after being told on Friday that a routine inspection had detected radioactive particles on the outside of buildings at Asco I, in the northeast Catalonia region.

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Spain: Greenpeace says radioactive contamination found outside nuclear station in northeast

Monday, April 7, 2008

MADRID, Spain: Radioactive contamination has been found on external surfaces of a nuclear power station on the banks of major river in northeast Spain, the environmental group Greenpeace said Saturday.

Radioactivity linked to cobalt, manganese and other elements was detected on roofs, fences and other places around the Asco nuclear power station on the Ebro River 70 kilometers (44 miles) upstream from the Mediterranean Sea, Greenpeace said in a statement.

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