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Failings in cooling system at Spanish nuclear plant “threaten Portugal”

“Portugal is facing an exceptionally grave situation” due to vital system failings at a Spanish nuclear plant just 100 kms from the frontier, a parliamentary committee has warned.

The environmental committee is now pressing parliament to demand guarantees from the Spanish government.

Meantime, Spanish newspaper El Pais claims the country’s nuclear supervising body is refuting the ‘failings’, saying everything is under control.

But five independent experts have gone on record to say they have doubts that a “cooling system for essential services” at the Almaraz plant near Cáceres, is ‘reliable’.

As El Pais explains, this system is a basic safety requirement.

Thus the reason for the parliamentary committee’s urgent meeting convened yesterday.

Said committee president, Left Bloc MP Pedro Soares: “Portugal is under a credible nuclear threat”.

Soares hopes to persuade parliamentary president Ferro Rodrigues to “create a new commission to debate the issue”, reports TVI24.

To this end, he is sending Rodrigues a letter to which his committee hopes to get “an urgent response”.

MPs want to know “what means exist, in the face of an eventual accident, to secure the defence of populations and the environment”, says the news channel.

Soares told Lusa, even a small accident would have “dramatic consequences. We demand credible guarantees”, he stressed.
natasha.donn@algarveresident.com