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.
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.