Plutonium dispersal at home and abroad
is not a big player in the nuclear business. It has nine commercially
operating reactors, a few small research reactors, some indigenous uranium
and little else. Yet Spain has more plutonium contaminated land than
possibly either France or the UK, which both have full-scale plutonium
separation (reprocessing) factories on their territories-arising from
an accident in 1966 involving nuclear weapons (see box on page 3) -
and has also contributed to the French weapons plutonium stockpile.
Moreover Spain is the first country where a nuclear plant operator (at
Lemoniz, Basque country, in 1981) has been politically executed by terrorists,
and local politicians have been kidnapped, by opponents of nuclear energy.
This makes Spain a quite unique case.