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Entertainment Gorleben is finally shut down

20:15  17 september  2021
20:15  17 september  2021 Source:   dw.com

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What sounds like an administrative act actually marks the end of a decades of conflict: In the Wendland there will never be an atomic broadcaster.

1,9 Milliarden Euro hat es verschlungen, doch bald soll man vom Erkundungsbergwerk nichts mehr sehen © Philipp Schulze / DPA / Picture Alliance 1.9 billion euros has devoured, but soon you should see anything from the exploration mine

"The chapter Fermager Gorleben is closed from this day," announced the Agreement of the Federal Environment Ministry, Jochen Flasbarth, in Gorleben. "All facts are on the table. The decision is made." Lower Saxony's Social Democratic Environment Minister Olaf read said, "There's no back door from today." The topic Endlager Gorleben is finally terminated .

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The Federal Company for Final Storage mbH (BGE) was commissioned by the Federal Environment Ministry to shut down the Gorleben exploration mine. In September 2020, the BGE had communicated, large parts of Germany were in principle suitable for an atomic broadcaster to geological criteria - the long-fiercely competitive Salzstock Gorleben im Wendland was not underneath. The reason was geological defects.

Ein Stollen des Erkundungsbergwerks Gorleben © Philipp Schulze / DPA / Picture Alliance A tunnel of the exploration mine Gorleben Removal within ten years

Now the salt stick must be rebuilt within ten years in its original state by spending the salt farming again underground. As soon as the cavities were filled, the shafts would be closed, said BGE boss Stefan Studt. How high the costs are for it is not fixed yet. Currently, it cost 20 million euros annually to keep the salt stick open. In the exploration of Gorlebens, 1.9 billion euros have been invested so far.

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Der Kampf gegen das Atomendlager Gorleben war wesentlich für die Geschichte der deutschen Anti-Atomkraft-Bewegung © Picture-Alliance / DPA / D. Clear The fight against the nuclear end camp Gorleben was essential for the history of the German anti-nuclear power movement

In the 1970s, politics had made the decision to set up a repository in the Salzstock Gorleben, which decades-long protests resulted in. The idea of ​​building a huge nuclear complex with a recoiling plant and nuclear fuel factory, was quickly back from the table given the massive resistance. Only the repository stated politics until a year ago. But since 2013, the mine was in a kind of durable "winter sleep". It was only so far been maintained that if necessary, it could have been activated again.

Castor-Behälter im atomaren Zwischenlager Gorleben © Sina Schult / DPA / Picture Alliance Castor Container in the Atomic Intermediate Camp Gorleben

The Gorleben intermediate camp remains in operation and reminds in the neighborhood of the former mine to the conflicts of the past, although no new castors with high-radioactive garbage. Today, 113 of the 420 parking spaces are occupied in the system. The permission runs 2034.

RB / JJ (AFP, DPA)

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