The general director of Vandellòs II is investigated for two leaks at the nuclear power plant
Before the judge, he assured that the plant acted according to the protocol established for incidents such as that of February 2018 when they had two leaks in the pressure barrier for 17 days
The Court of Instruction number 2 of Reus heard this Monday the statement as investigated by the general director of the VandellÃ²s II nuclear power plant, JosÃ © Antonio Gago, for the two leaks that took place in the pressure barrier of the facilities, in February 2018 , despite the fact that they continued to operate for 17 days. The manager only responded to his lawyer and explained that everything was correct since he acted in accordance with the protocol provided for this type of situation, so there was no risk, according to judicial sources.
According to the complaint from the Sociedad Humana association, the plant stopped on March 2, 2018 to locate a water drip from the cooling circuit detected on February 13, with which the nuclear power plant was operating for 17 days, despite the protocols security forces forced her to stop. Furthermore, the entity, represented by lawyer Ã ?? scar Cabrero of RV20 Advocats, has already reported to the Prosecutor’s Office that the plant operated at full power Â «illegally and unsafeÂ» with these leaks and they added that it is not the only one since there were three more later, such as the one on April 6, with the plant already shut down, when there was another leak in the closure of one of the thermocouples in the reactor vessel. A few weeks ago, two heads of the Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) declared as experts.
Two other accusations made in this process, Greenpeace and Ecologistas en AcciÃ ³ n, remarked that the CSN issued two new warnings a few days ago to the AscÃ³ VandellÃ²s Nuclear Association (ANAV), manager of the nuclear power plant, although they pointed out that they are slight and are n related to noncompliance with the radioactive waste management plan and a technical instruction associated with the authorization of exploitation.
However, they recall that the manager was fined in 2008 with 15 million euros for the release of radioactive particles in AscÃ³ I, where hundreds of people had to undergo radiological controls. In addition, they indicate that VandellÃ²s II had a penalty of 1.6 million for operating 161 days with reduced safety margins, in which he concealed from the CSN the rupture of a pipe due to corrosion. That is why they have reiterated their closure,