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news ‘Waste in Gorleben’ – Volker WENZLAWSKI c/o SOLAR UND FOTOGRAFEN investigates the nuclear waste repository, long contested and ultimately never realized, for the agency’s own magazine RELEVANZ

“When I ask my friends what Gorleben and nuclear waste is all about, almost everyone remembers the transport of radioactive material. Which is not surprising : The thirteen transports from 1995 to 2011 took place under massive protest of anti-nuclear activists. Up to 30,000 police officers were on duty to secure the transport, and spectacular images went through the media.

The fact that not one of the 113 waste containers is stored in the salt dome in Gorleben, however, is lesser known. The exploration mine is merely a 1.6 billion euro underground industrial ruin, which is not suitable for the long-term storage of nuclear waste. In September 2020, the salt dome was finally eliminated from the search for permanent storage sites after 40 years of protest – with an argument, by the way, which was already stated in an expert’s report from 1983 : The underground cap rock does not provide adequate protection against water intrusion.

The high-level radioactive waste is stored above ground...

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