Taken Question
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 4, 2012

QUESTION: Can you confirm that a decision has been reached by the United States regarding cleanup of the Palomares accident site?

ANSWER: The Governments of Spain and the United States continue to discuss remaining concerns at the highest levels. In 1966, we worked closely with Spain to remediate the accident site, and have collaborated with Spanish authorities for more than forty years to monitor the site and the health of local inhabitants.

At the request of the Government of Spain, a U.S. interagency technical team led by the U.S. Department of Energy visited Madrid and Palomares in February 2011 to discuss concerns and offer technical advice on the Government of Spain’s rehabilitation plan for the Palomares site.

No final decision has been reached regarding cleanup of the site.

PRN: 2012/174