Spain fears that Donald Trump’s administration will not be willing to clean up the Palomares site in Spain, where a B-52 bomber went down with four hydrogen bombs in 1966.
The area is polluted, as the non-nuclear detonators of two of the bombs exploded, contaminating two square kilometers with plutonium. In October 2015, Madrid and Washington agreed that 50,000 cubic meters of soil must be transferred away from Spain at the cost of €640 million. The United States had agreed to pay the bill.
But, then Spain went into a seemingly endless political cycle. From December 2015 until October 2016, Spain was unable to form a government. During that period, Madrid could not begin the implementation of the agreement. Then, the United States had to wait for the November 8 elections.
The cost was of the agreement meant that the Obama administration could not push forward the agreement on its way out.
Following the resignation of US Ambassador to Spain, James Costos, it is likely that the Trump administration will renegotiate the agreement, El Pais reports.