Protest against nuclear cemetery in Tarragona

Four hundred people block a road to oppose the nuclear warehouse at Ascó. The village has posted its candidature to host this controversial equipment, which will store all the nuclear waste produced in Spain in the last years and in the next decade.

Alícia. F. H.

June 7, 2010 03:57 AM

Four hundred demonstrators held up traffic along the road C-12 in a protest against the so-called 'nuclear cemetery' at Ascó, a village in the province of Tarragona that already hosts 2 nuclear reactors. Local people consider the move as a way of attracting investment into the area while environmental groups as well as the University Rovira i Virgili (in Tarragona) oppose the move.
In late February, an Interministerial Commission published a list of accepted towns and villages shortlisted to house the temporary nuclear waste warehouse. Of the thirteen initial candidates, only nine were accepted. The candidates come from all over Spain, including the provinces of Valladolid, Soria, Guadalajara, València, Cáceres, Palencia and Tarragona, where the demonstration was held this morning.

These villages see the nuclear cemetery as an opportunity for creating jobs and a way of improving their economic situation.
Forecasts predict an average of 300 new jobs just to build the installations.


Most local people of the Tarragona village of Ascó want the nuclear warehouse to be located in their territory to attract investment into the area. However, there is considerable opposition to the measure such as the hundreds of demonstrators who cut off the road C-12 for over an hour. This demonstration follows one held on the 26th of May when a hundred professors and five hundred students at Tarragona's public university signed a manifesto rejecting the nuclear cemetery.