Ascó Nuclear Power Plant
|Ascó Nuclear Power Plant|
View of the cooling tower of the Ascó nuclear power plant
Location of Ascó Nuclear Power Plant within Spain
|Official name||Central nuclear de Ascó|
|Commission date||December 10, 1984|
|Operator(s)||Asociación Nuclear Ascó-Vandellòs (ANAV) A.I.E. (ENDESA/ID)|
|Units operational||2 totaling 2060 MW|
|Annual generation||15,474 GW·h|
An INES level 2 incident occurred on November 2007 at the Unit 1 reactor. The Spanish Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) was not advised of the leak until April 4. Although the leak happened in November, particles were not detected outdoors until March 2008.
CSN initially estimated that total radioactivity detected was about 235,000 becquerels. The council operating the plant later estimated that a maximum of 84.95 million becquerels of radioactivity were spilled. CSN announced it was changing the classification of the leak from Level 1 to Level 2 because of "inadequate control of radioactive material and of providing incomplete and deficient information to the controlling body." An investigation was opened and the director of the plant was fired.
- "Spain nuclear plant leak below legal limit: watchdog". Reuters. April 8, 2008.
- "El CSN reclasifica el suceso de Ascó a nivel 2 en la Escala INES por suministrar la empresa información deficiente e incompleta" (PDF). CSN. Retrieved 2008-04-16.
- Destituido el director de la central nuclear de Ascó tras una fuga radiactiva (Spanish)