Spain's nuclear watchdog denies corrosion at plant

Sunday, November 16, 2008

MADRID, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Spain's nuclear watchdog on Thursday denied that a nuclear power plant already facing sanctions over a radioactive leak was also suffering from a particularly aggressive form of corrosion.

Earlier in the day, daily newspaper El Pais said lead particles detected in the interior of the Asco I nuclear power station during checks mandated by the Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) were derived from stress corrosion cracking (SCC).

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Spain nuclear plants must boost safety -minister

Monday, September 29, 2008

MADRID, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Spain's nuclear power stations must invest in safety if their operating permits are to be renewed in the next three years, Industry Minister Miguel Sebastian said on Monday.

Permits for seven of Spain's eight ageing nuclear plants expire between 2009-11, or within the mandate of the recently re-elected Socialist government.

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Spain's 1,000 MW Asco I plant to halt for repairs

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

MADRID, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Spain's 1,000 megawatt Asco I nuclear plant began to step down power output on Tuesday with a view to disconnecting from the grid later in the day to fix an oil leak, a statement from the plant's operators said.

That will reduce to six out of eight the number of Spain's normally working nuclear power stations.

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Spain nuclear watchdog warns on plant renewals

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

VALENCIA, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Spain's nuclear watchdog told plants on Wednesday that renewing their operating permits would depend on how they implemented tighter safety procedures spurred by a rash of unscheduled stoppages.

Among others, the Nuclear Safety Council reviewed safety plans at the 1,000 megawatt Asco I plant, which faces a hefty fine after the regulator asked for government sanctions over the management's handling of a radioactive leak last November.

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Spanish watchdog worried about safety of nuclear plants

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

adrid - Spain's Nuclear Security Council (CSN) will urge nuclear plant operators to invest more in their safety, the daily El Pais said Wednesday.

The CSN, which is the country's top authority on nuclear energy, has called a meeting with plant operators in September following a string of incidents at Spanish plants.

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Spain nuclear plants halted, watchdog calls meeting

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

MADRID, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Spain's nuclear watchdog on Monday called for a meeting of plant operators following the second unscheduled disconnection of a reactor in as many days.
The Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) confirmed earlier reports by industry sources that the 500-megawatt Garona plant was off line, due to an error in work on high-voltage installations which automatically halted the plant.

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Spain government vows firm action on nuclear leak

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's government said on Tuesday it would take firm action against a nuclear plant after the watchdog pressed for charges over its handling of a radioactive leak for which 2,600 people had to be screened.

After a months-long investigation, the Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) on Tuesday asked the government to sanction the Asco I plant on four charges of seriously breaching safety regulations arising from a leak in November.

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Spain seeks big fines over leak at nuclear plant

Monday, August 18, 2008

MADRID, Spain: Spain's nuclear watchdog agency proposed a fine of up to €22.5 million (US$33 million) over a leak at a power plant, accusing operators Monday of waiting three weeks to report it and downplaying the amount of contamination released.

The riverside Asco plant experienced a leak in November, but plant operators did not detect it until March and then waited to notify regulators on April 4, according to the Nuclear Safety Council.

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Four Spanish nuclear plants suffer faults in 72 hours

Monday, June 30, 2008

None of the incidents was serious and there was no danger to workers or the environment at any time.
Four Spanish nuclear plants have suffered some form of breakdown over the past 72 hours.

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Spain watchdog moves to sanctions over nuclear leak

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's nuclear watchdog on Wednesday said it will formally request sanctions proceedings against a nuclear plant for improper handling of a radioactive leak that will require the screening of more than 2,600 people.

Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) president Carmen Martinez told a parliamentary committee that a report into the leak at the 1,000 megawatt Asco I plant was well advanced.

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