Political manipulation in choosing Gorleben as a nuclear waste site
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Political manipulation in choosing Gorleben as a nuclear waste site
Political manipulation in choosingGorleben asa nuclear
Gorleben- Germany- a train carrying11 containersof nuclear wastes
entered few weeksagocausinganti nuclear protestsand violent
clashesbetween protestersand police. Thequestion remainswhy
specifically Gorleben waschosen tobethenuclear wastesiteamong
theother alternativetownsin Germany.
Protesterssleepingin front of Gorleben salt domeasan expression of their refusal about
choosingGorleben tobethe nuclear wastesite. (Taken from Martina Lammers)
Germany has been searching for a permanent nuclear waste storage site for over 30
years until Gorleben salt dome in North Germany was found.
Green Party says. She demonstrates that the choice was not dictated by geological or
scientific factors, but by political maneuvering.
Florian Emrich, Spokesman for BFS, The Federal Office of Radiation Protection
(Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz), ensures that Gorleben was not among the alternative
sites of nuclear waste. It suddenly came in the view and until now nobody can
seriously tell how Gorleben was chosen.
According to Sven Dokter, GRS Spokesperson (Plant & Reactor Safety
Organization), many years ago, the government started to look for a site for final
repository. At first, it was not considered as self evident as today that finding a site
should have formulized procedure including public involvement.
Also, when the current gove
esperson Rebbecca Harms
Member of European Parliament of the Greens EFA (European Free Alliance) in the
According to Florian Emrich, choosing Gorleben
political decision in the past and also there have been several tries in the political
He also added that, from geological and judicial aspects, scientists have been asking
for many years ago that they would prefer if different sites or different options were to
be pursued simultaneously because there is always the risk that this site is not suitable
year to the next, cannot be kept in ordinary warehouses forever.
Lack of transparency
Furthermore, Florian Emrich illustrates that the lack of transparent search prior to
selecting Gorleben as a nuclear waste site is among the main reasons of the massive
and entrenched protests.
Last year, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other politicians decided that
overrode a decision to quit nuclear energy by 2022 made by the government of Social
Democrats and Greens in 2001.
During the last few years, there was or there is still ongoing quiet intensive political
debate about the decision of choosing Gorleben as a nuclear waste site or whether it is
suitable or not. In fact, checking the site itself is a huge task, it takes years or even
decades because geologists and scientists have to check underground, according to
According to Bettina Rid, since March 2010, a Parlamentarischer
Untersuchungsausschuss Gorleben (the congressional investigation committee) is
occupied with the investigation under which circumstances Gorleben was chosen as
the only potential nuclear waste storage site in Germany. In fact, the hitherto existing
attested that the salt stock near Gorleben was chosen by political reasons and that the
other previously existing potential sites were abolished based on political problems.
The Germany based independent expert and research organization GRS, which
analyses reactor safety, estimates that the German atomic power plants consume about
400 tons of nuclear fuel per year, producing highly toxic waste that maintains
radioactive for thousands of years.
Martina Lammers, German Green Party member, and theanti-nuclear group X surrounding
her. (Taken from Martina Lammers).
Political Exploitation of thepoor
According to Martina Lammers, German Green Party member, because Gorleben is
considered a poor area in Germany, politicians decided to enforce their power on it.
She assures that the government will invest a lot of money behind Gorleben this year
and the coming years.
In addition, Martina Lammers ensures that politicians thought there will not be
protests or big movements against this decision. So, these are the reasons why
Gorleben was chosen as a nuclear waste site.
The main reason of choosing Gorleben is that it is very difficult to find a place where
all people agree and without organizing protests and movements, Martina Lammers
Fukishima created awareness
Theanti-nuclear group X surrounding Gorleben. (Taken by Maram Aboueita)
scientific and geological reasons. In the last few years, a lot of scientists have brought
studies and they searched oil near the wall of Gorleben and in the salt. They want to
say that the salt in Gorleben is not safe to contain the nuclear waste.
Based on Martina Lammers, protests are against storing nuclear wastes in not just
Gorleben but in all Germany.
In fact, eight power plants were switched off immediately after Fukushima.
he danger of nuclear
However, according to Bettina Rid, Members of the European parliament MEPs
rejected a proposal to ban the storage of nuclear waste in seismic areas. This shows
that they have learnt nothing from the Fukushima disaster.
The government declared that Germany will be the first industrial country in the
world that renounces nuclear power for good.
In fact, Angela Merkel promised to shut down all nuclear reactors in Germany by
Gorleben residentsprotest against thechoiceof Gorleben asa nuclear wastesite. (Taken from
Gorleben would be preferred and until we end the
In fact, Gorleben has become a symbol for the fight against nuclear wastes and
1) Name: Martina Lammers
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
Phone: 01735201119/+49 (0) 58415559
Organization/Position: Bundnis 90 Die Grunen (The German Green Party)/
2) Name: Sven Dokter
Phone: +49 221 2068-654
Organization/ Position: GRS (plant & reactor safety organization)/ Head of
3) Name: Bettina Rid
Phone: +49 (0) 1577 - 27 000 38
Organization/ Position: Spokesperson Rebbecca Harms Member of European
Parliament of the Greens EFA (European Free Alliance) in the European Parliament.
4) Florian Emrich:
Phone: +49 30 18333-1130
Organization/ Position: Spokesman for BFS, The Federal Office of Radiation
Protection (Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz).