Zapatero Fails to be a Climate Leader By Extending Garoña's Life

Greenpeace Reactive Statement

Press release - 2 July, 2009
Greenpeace deplores President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero's decision to extend the operating life of the dangerous nuclear plant Garoña (Burgos province) for four more years till 2013.

"Zapatero's failure to live up to his electoral promise is also a  big step back in Spain's goal of  achieving a sustainable energy model based on 100% renewable energy and energy efficiency," said Aslihan Tumer, Greenpeace International Nuclear Campaigner.

This decision means the continued exposure of the population and the environment to an increased risk of a nuclear accident from this dangerous plant. Garoña is outdated as it was inaugurated back in 1971. In a clear demonstration that it has ended its life, the reactor has been suffering from severe cracking and corrosion, affecting various components of the reactor vessel.

President Zapatero himself has repeatedly stated that the plant is not necessary for the national energy mix.

Other contacts: Aslihan Tumer, Greenpeace International Nuclear Campaigner:
+31 (0) 6 46162022

Alexandra Dawe, Greenpeace International Nuclear Communications:
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