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Portugal to complain to EU about Spanish nuclear waste project

Staff Writer | January 17, 2017
Portugal is to submit a complaint to the European Union authorities about a decision by Spain to build a nuclear waste storage facility 100 kilometres from their border.
Spanish nuclear waste
Nuclear   100 kilometres from the border
This is after officials from the two governments failed to reach an agreement at a meeting in Madrid.

"Portugal will request the intervention of Brussels in this case," Portugal's environment minister, João Matos Fernandes, said on leaving the meeting with his Spanish counterpart, Isabel García Tejerina, and her colleague, the minister of energy, Álvaro Nadal.

"Since there is a dispute here ... it must be resolved” by the commission, he said.

Portugal's government argues that in planning the waste facility next to the nuclear plant at Almaraz "the cross-border impacts were not assessed" as required under European Union law.

"What is demanded by Portugal is that it is recognised that the European directive on environmental impacts was not observed", Matos Fernandes said.

The government in Lisbon has "the very strong expectation that the EU will determine that this assessment of cross-border impacts [should] be done."