The commission for the Ecological Transition of the Senate has unanimously approved this Thursday a motion urging the Government to approve the catalog of radiologically contaminated soils, an inventory that the current regulations require to have since 2008. The motion, presented by United We can and amended by the PSOE, has gone ahead unanimously. The Ministry for the Ecological Transition limits itself to pointing out that "this matter is on the agenda" of this department.
Unidos Podemos has taken this matter to the Senate and Congress after EL PAÍS unveiled the existence of eight ditches with radioactive sludge in the Jarama irrigation canal from a 1970 spill hidden by the dictatorship. These areas have remained hidden and are not marked, among other things because there is no such catalog in which these soils are officially declared contaminated.
Finally, the CSN has publicly acknowledged (through a press release) the existence of these ditches, in the provinces of Toledo and Madrid. And it has added another five sites in which the supervisor says that he "has learned" that there is "presence of radioactivity in Spain, in which it is estimated that there is no significant radiological risk." But the same CSN admits that "there is no declared land as contaminated, due to the absence of specific regulation on radiologically contaminated lands". That is, because there is no such inventory of contaminated soils.
The motion asks the Government to transfer to the "Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) the urgent need to finalize the inventory of edaphological and hydrological resources affected by radiological contamination". In January 2008, Royal Decree 35/2008 was passed, through which the regulation on nuclear and radioactive facilities was modified. The preamble highlighted, "as a novel aspect", that "the control of contaminated areas" was to be regulated in order to provide "a solution to the control of lands or hydrological resources" that "have been affected by radiological contamination". And the CSN was ordered to draw up that inventory. Something that has not happened.
The motion approved reiterates the need to elaborate, "in coordination with the autonomous communities, the Inventory of Soils and Water Masses affected by radiological contamination". And the CSN is asked to forward that catalog to the Cortes and to the autonomous parliaments of the affected communities.