US News Where to go with the nuclear waste?: Environment Ministry Sets the Mine Gorleben Stick

12:05  17 september  2021
12:05  17 september  2021 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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Long has been fought for Gorleben as a site for a repository. The mine, built extra for the storage of the radiant scrap, is now poured.

Jahrelang wurde das Bergwerk Gorleben instand gehalten. Ende September fiel es aus dem Verfahren der Endlagersuche. © Photo: Kay Nietfeld / DPA years the mine Gorleben was maintained. At the end of September, it fell from the procedure of the final storage search.

If any place in Germany was for the conflict for nuclear power and for the whereabouts of his legacy, then it was Gorleben, the symbol of a social great conflict. For decades, the Salzstock in Wendland was explored in 1977 for the final storage of highly radioactive waste, billions were invested. And Straight Gorleben learned the resistance of the anti-atom movement , each Castor transport to the intermediate bearing of the site was massively counteracted. Probably no other place in the Federal Republic there was such strong civilian resistance.

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Now the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) has decided that the mine should be shut down - it is served. "The chapter End camp Gorleben is closed from this day. I hope that in the Wendland now the wounds can heal the decades of dispute over Gorben, "said Environment Secretary Jochen Flasbarth on Friday. "From this conflict, the policy for the final storage search has learned: In the end, it must be well understandable, for whatever reason a location has been chosen," says Flasbarth.

Gorleben since autumn No more than a repository site in the race

years ago, the final storage search has been rebuilt, just to end the long quarrel about the location Gorleben . It was the "white map". No place in Germany should be excluded from the procedure, salt, sound and granite rocks as geological formations come into question. If Flasbarth speaks of the traceability in the final storage search, then because of the conflicts around Gorleben. Never again should append a location of the smell of the political back room.

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last fall, when the federal company for final storage (BGE) presented its first interim report, the salt stick fell from the procedure. "Gorleben is not the best possible location," said Steffen Kanitz, one of the managing director of the BGE, at the end of September in Berlin. Among other things, the salt stick has a non-intact cover mountain, also the water chemistry speak against the location. At that time, demand emphasized that the decision was pursued purely scientifically, it did not give a political pressure.

"Our colleagues have stood here in the storm"

Now the BGE is looking forward to the order. "This finds a chapter an end, which was also painful for the workforce of our predecessor company. Our colleagues stood here as well as many actors in the region, "said Stefan Studt, also managing director of the BGE. The company benefits both in the mines and in the location selection of works made here.

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"The construction of the mine Even was also demanding, "said Student. He was probably expensive too. Up to two billion euros should have been invested in the mine and the exploration of the site. Now the salt farm should be spent underground again, the tunnels are filled.

BGE wants to find the final camp region by 2031

The BGE meanwhile looking for a place for the repository for the 1900 castors and their highly radioactive content. "The laptop Gorleben is history - the task of solving the repository question. The last chapter of exit from high-risk technology must still be written together, "said Wolfram King, President of the Federal Office for Nuclear Disposal.

90 regions and at least 54 percent of the federal area continues to be considered, it is in the first interim report of the BGE, which their managing director Studt and Kanitz presented at the end of September in Berlin. The difficulty of coming years is now in its limitation. Because already 2031 the location should be found.

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