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Parliamentary questions
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29 July 2020
Answer given by Ms Simson
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-003807/2020

On 27 June 2020, the licence holder of the Almaraz (Cáceres) nuclear power plant notified the Spanish nuclear safety regulatory authorities (CSN) of the automatic shutdown of the unit II reactor, as a result of the action of a reactor protection system. According to the information provided by CSN(1), all plant systems acted properly and that event had no impact on workers, the public or the environment.

With the information available so far, the incident is classified as level 0 (no safety significance) in the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES). The classification of this incident must however be confirmed by the licence holder of the plant once the root causes of the incident have been fully analysed.

The Commission carefully follows the implementation of the Euratom nuclear safety regulatory framework. However, it is the licence holder who retains primary responsibility for the safe operation of nuclear plants, under the control of the national regulator. By informing promptly about the incident, the licence holder and the CSN have acted in accordance with the information requirements of Directive 2009/71/Euratom (Nuclear Safety Directive)(2).

(2)Council Directive 2009/71/Euratom of 25.6.2009 as amended by Council Directive 2014/87/Euratom of 8.7.2014.
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