US and Spain discuss cleanup of nuclear radiation

Feb 05, 2012
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) speaks with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Garcia-Margallo in Munich. he United States is offering technical assistance to Spain to clean up land contaminated by radiation from undetonated nuclear bombs that accidentally fell on the area in 1966, the US State Department announced.

The United States is offering technical assistance to Spain to clean up land contaminated by radiation from undetonated nuclear bombs that accidentally fell on the area in 1966, the US State Department announced Saturday.

The Spanish and US governments have not yet reached an agreement on the cleanup.

At the request of the Spanish government, an American technical team led by the US traveled to the southeastern Spanish town of Palomares in February 2011 to offer advice for the remediation plan.

"No final decision has been reached regarding cleanup of the site," the State Department said in a statement on its website.

On January 17, 1966, a US B-52 bomber carrying four nuclear bombs collided with a KC-135 tanker during mid-air refueling off the coast of Spain. In addition to killing seven crew members on the airplanes, three hydrogen bombs fell to the ground near Palomares and one fell into the .

The non-nuclear explosives on two of the bombs that hit the ground detonated, spreading seven pounds of plutonium over a 200 hectares (490 acres). The bomb that fell into the sea was recovered intact after a search by the .

"In 1966, we worked closely with Spain to remediate the accident site, and have collaborated with Spanish authorities for more than 40 years to monitor the site and the health of local inhabitants," the State Department statement Saturday said.

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo spoke with US Secretary about the remediation this week during the Munich Security Conference in Germany, according to the Spanish newspaper Herald of Aragon.

Clinton is "personally committed" to resolving the contamination issue, Garcia-Margallo told the Spanish news media.

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1 / 5 (1) Feb 05, 2012
Is the person who classified this still living?

not rated yet Feb 05, 2012
I'm going to stop watching the old James Bond movies. They're becoming patently boring in comparison to what's actually been going on all these years.

And gee, they're already thinking of cleaning up the area! How nice!
not rated yet Feb 06, 2012
Yeah... How gracious to 'offer' to clean up something that they contaminated in the first place. Aren't these just the altruistic samaritans. And it only took them 45 years to get aronud to it, too.

Such sweethearts. Gotta love 'em.

Clinton is "personally committed" to resolving the contamination issue

What? You mean she's going to go out there with a shovel and a Hazmat suit? Somehow I doubt that. Her idea of what 'personally comitted' means seems to differ ever so slightly from what everyone else means when they use the phrase.