Maria Jose Alamo, whose 120 cattle graze on land close to the only major new uranium mine being developed in the world, is worried. “I myself wouldn’t buy the meat of cattle raised close to such a mine,” said Alamo, 48, in an interview at a cafe in the hamlet of Banos de Retortillo, in Western Spain, close to the site. “So I suppose people would do the same with mine — it would generate a stigma.” Berkeley Energia, the Australian company developing the project on land near Salamanca, says it’s reviving Spain’s grand mining tradition as it begins uranium production at a time when the global energy industry faces higher prices over the long term for the radioactive metal used to power nuclear plants. While Berkeley expects its Spanish uranium mine to be in production by the end of next year, protesters like Alamo are taking heart from the unexpected arrival of a new government led by the Socialist party, comments from some of whose members show they may be less friendly toward the nuclear industry.
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