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Parliamentary questions
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21 September 2016
Question for written answer E-007025-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
João Ferreira (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Safety failings at the Almaraz nuclear power plant
 Answer in writing 

According to recent reports from the Spanish Nuclear Safety Council, the Almaraz nuclear power plant (on the bank of the river Tagus, some 100 km from the Portuguese border) uses parts made in a factory where quality control irregularities have been found. It appears that the defective parts were used in the production of unit 1’s second and third steam generators and of unit 2’s third steam generator, as well as the rim of the reactor lid in unit 2.

It had already been reported that the water pump engines stopped working on two separate occasions and that the plant’s cooling system was not 100% reliable.

These are not isolated cases; they come after a number of other incidents where radiation levels above the permissible limits were detected.

In the light of this information and taking into consideration the fact that the plant has already exceeded its intended operating life, can the Commission say what steps have been or will be taken in response to these recent reports? What is its assessment of this situation given the efforts that have been made to improve safety standards in nuclear power plants since 2011?

Original language of question: PT 
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