Spain demanded that the United States take over the plutonium-contaminated land because of the nuclear accident Dovecotes (Almeria) It was done in 1966, according to the political agreement that Madrid and Washington signed in 2015, for its transfer to the Nevada desert.
The Spanish government has renewed the plaque for the cleanup of the municipality of Almería affected by the nuclear incident 57 years ago, according to reports published by the newspaper El País on Monday, citing diplomatic sources.
After analyzing the package in detail, he said, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented an official request to the United States of America to proceed with the launch of the countries.”
A few months ago it was presented to the Secretary of State, who transferred it to the Department of Energy Administration of Democrat Joe Biden. There is still no response from Washington, the same sources say, but the initial reception “was positive”.
The clock is ticking as there are only a few months left before the legislative deadline, but sources have revealed. optimistic about the ability to reach agreement in time; since bilateral relations “in the next few years” their best moment.
In total, about 50,000 cubic meters of soil contaminated with half a kilo of plutonium and what it does in Cuevas de Almanzora, in the municipality of Almería, to which Palomares and Villaricos belong, more than half a century later. The affected lands are still divided into 44 parcels, which the state is now trying to expropriate.
In 2015, a political agreement was reached (without any legal binding), whereby Spain would be the ruler of the world and the US would guard the radioactive earth. However, that memorandum was never implemented and the contamination persists in Palomares.