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Spain Garona nuclear plant may stay open-watchdog

MADRID, June 8 (Reuters) - Spain’s nuclear watchdog on Monday said it had made a non-binding recommendation that the ageing Garona nuclear power station is safe enough to run for another 10 years on safety grounds.

The government -- which has vowed to phase out nuclear power -- has the final say on whether to renew the current operating permit for the 500 megawatt plant which expires on July 5.

Garona is jointly owned by Iberdrola IBE.MC and Endesa ELE.MC. It is by far the oldest working nuclear plant in Spain and the 40-year working life it was originally designed for would have expired in 2011. (Reporting by Martin Roberts; editing by Judy MacInnes)

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