By Oscar R. Ventana |
Valladolid, Sep 22 (EFE).- The spokesperson for the Junta de Castilla y León, Carlos Fernández Carriedo (PP), sent this Thursday to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Employment to finally take the decision whether or not to submit a feasibility report on the possibility of reopen the Garoña nuclear power plant with two new reactors, which the regional government announced last week.
In the press conference after the Board of Directors, asked about the change introduced yesterday by Vox in the non-law proposal on this subject and supported by the PP, talking about the adequacy of the Burgos de Tobalina Valley – current location of the closed Garoña – to accommodate a new nuclear power plant, instead of the reopening mentioned in the initial proposal, Carriedo insisted that “no” they had no proposal from a private promoter to undertake a nuclear project in this area.
The spokesperson indicated that, in this sector and in others, what the Council does is to be aware of “the reality of the Community” to contribute so that if a promoter raises the possibility of investments, the Council can help it within the limits of its powers, since it has recognized that in this matter, the body which decides in the last resort is the Nuclear Safety Council (CSN).
He denies applying an “ideological” criterion
However, Carriedo said that the Council will be “attentive” to the parliamentary debates, referring to the proposal approved in the Cortes with the support of the two parties that make up the coalition government (PP and Vox), and sent in the future communications to find out whether or not the Ministry of Industry is finally submitting this feasibility study on Garoña.
Asked if the Council applies an ideological test in this debate, Carriedo denied this extreme and argued that a “technological” test should be applied, without “prejudging” the intention and the possibility that private developers try to produce nuclear energy, either for the construction of new plants or for the extension of the useful life of those currently in operation.
“The Council is not going to force a promoter to present a project”, summarized Carriedo on the need for private companies to take the first step in this sector and others.
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