Gorleben Nuclear Waste Disposal Center, Germany discussion
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Gorleben Nuclear Waste Disposal Center, Germany
Wendish Resistance Against Nuclear Politics:
For 20 years now, people are obstructing the planned Nuclear Waste Disposal Center at Gorleben - consisting of a drum storage for nuclear waste, the fuel element storage, the pilot conditioning plant and the ultimate nuclear waste dump.
It soon became clear that it was not a matter of self-interest of small-minded citizens from the Wendland, but a matter concerning the basic problems of using nuclear energy. The search for possible alternatives became the focal point.
In addition, criticism did not only refer to the risks and consequences of the civil use of nuclear energy, but the movement also incorporated the military use into the protest. Since Gorleben stands for the disposal of nuclear waste, the disputes relating to the unsolved questions of ultimate storage are in the foreground.
Although there is no ultimate dump for radio-active waste world-wide, waste is continuously produced and so-called intermediate storage facilities are set up designed to store the waste - for the time being - for an indefinite period of time. Furthermore, there are problems and consequences resulting from the reprocessing of the nuclear waste and the problems of the many dangerous transports all the way through the Federal Republic.
This is the context, in which the resistance against Castor transports to Gorleben must be seen. This resistance is directed against the disposal plants, in principle, however, against any kind of use of nuclear energy.
The protest points out to the risks connected with the production of nuclear energy and of the transport and storage of nuclear waste. Each transport is a risk. Each accident may contaminate a whole region and the people living in that area. Only very few of the cities and municipalities located along the transporting routes have concepts for the handling of accidents.