US belies Spain claim on cleanup of Palomares bomb site

State Department contradicts claim that radioactive land was going to be cleaned up

Madrid -

Although the US Army removed much of the contaminated land years ago, there is still a lot of radiation in the area. Spain has made repeated efforts to get the US government to complete the cleanup.

"At the request of the government of Spain, a US interagency technical team led by the US Department of Energy visited Madrid and Palomares in February 2011 to discuss concerns and offer technical advice on the [...] rehabilitation plan for the Palomares site," Toner said.

On Friday, Spain's Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo had announced an imminent cleanup during a news conference with his Moroccan counterpart, who was visiting Madrid.

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