Greenpeace activists arrested after ‘Stop Garoña’ banners unfurled on Nuclear Safety Council building

Greenpeace activists unfurl “Stop Garoña” & “Stop Nucleares" banners on facade of Spain's National Security Council. Photo: Greenpeace
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• Protest to stop reopening of 45-year-old nuclear plant closed in 2013 •

Greenpeace activists were arrested in Madrid Wednesday after rapelling down the facade of the country’s Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) building and unfurling banners reading Stop nucleares and Stop Garoña, in reference to reported plans to reopen the Santa María de Garoña nuclear plant in Burgos.

The Garoña plant is Spain’s oldest nuclear facility, built in 1966 and opened five years later, and consists of a single 466 MW boiling water reactor. Contingent on safety upgrades, an extension of the plant’s operating license was granted to owner Nuclenor in 2009 but never used and Garoña was closed down in July 2013.

On Wednesday, CSN officials were scheduled to meet and vote on whether or not to renew Nuclenor’s license, paving the way for Garoña’s reopening and operation through 2031, when the plant will have been in operation for nearly six decades.

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