Unidos Podemos has asked the Government to prohibit the presence in Spanish waters of “any ship that houses a floating nuclear power plant”, given the possibility that it may be harmful “to the peace, good order and security” of the country. It also requires him to deny or prevent the passage of these vessels through territorial waters.
With this text, a proposal not of law registered in the Congress, the confederal group tries to avoid controversies like those that have provoked in the last years different American and British nuclear submarines in the port of Gibraltar.
Specifically, those of Pablo Iglesias recalls with “historical reference” the case of ‘Tireless’, in the year 2000, which because of a leak of refrigerant in his reactor caused a spillover of two hundred litres of radioactive water in the Mediterranean Sea.
“The berthing of this submarine, brought with it the consequent repair work that kept the submarine of unfortunate memory for more than a year in Gibraltar,” explains the text, signed by the spokesman of Unidos Podemos de Medio Ambiente, the deputy of Equo Juantxo López de Uralde.
In these cases experienced by Spanish society joins, now, the media impact that has meant the inauguration, by Russia, of a large floating nuclear power plant, which is currently in the Arctic Ocean. It has two 35MW nuclear reactors that would allow it to supply a population of more than seventy-five thousand inhabitants on a regular basis and attend oil platforms, says López de Uralde.
Specifically, those of Pablo Iglesias recalls with “historical reference” the case of ‘Tireless’, in the year 2000, which because of a leak of refrigerant in his reactor caused a spillover two hundred litres of radioactive water in the Mediterranean Sea.
A complaint from the EU
This inauguration has been preceded by strong protests from nearby states, such as Norway and Sweden among others, in addition to the controversy generated among the Russian citizens themselves. For this reason, the initiative of Podemos Podemos also wants to promote regulatory reforms before the European Union to prevent the presence of nuclear reactors in European waters.
The intention of the confederal group is that in coordination with the rest of the member states, a formal complaint is filed with the Russian Federation, and measures are studied to limit the investments of Russian companies in energy sectors.
As indicated by López de Uralde, Spain must assume a role of clear opposition to the emerging risks of this type of activity in fragile environments, in addition to a role of guarantor in case of possible risks that would involve the passage of floating nuclear power plants through the territorial sea.