|Gorleben memorial for concrete-heads
A week and a half before the next 12 Castor containers of atomic waste are to enter the
Gorleben repository, Greenpeace have blocked its gate.
About 20 anti-nuclear activists placed a seven-and-a-half-tonne block of black steel and
concrete in front of it, said a spokeswoman.
The five-metre long and 2.5-metre high item the protesters call a memorial showed the
heads of the chairmen of the four leading German electricity corporations chiseled into
A message on it said the memorial was dedicated to the concrete-heads turning
Gorleben into a nuclear dump.
Inside the just under one-metre broad block were several Greenpeace activists trying
trying to screw it fast from inside.
We hope the police wont get us out of here so fast, said spokeswoman
Greenpeace wanted to draw attention with the action to the Gorleben salt deposit not being
a suitable storage place for highly radioactive waste.
E.on, RWE, Vattenfall Europe and EnBW are only interested in the cheapest possible
final storage, not in the safest possible, said Greenpeace nuclear expert, Thomas
He said the salt plug is not impervious. The companies so far had prevented the search for
an alternative location.
The anti-nuclear activists expect the next Castor train to leave the French plutonium
factory at La Hague on 6 November. The waste is expected in Gorleben two days later.
Trial drillings from 1979 to 1981 led by the geologists Klaus Duphorn have shown that
the demanded stone cover on 7.5 square kilometres does not exist.
In this socalled Gorleben channel rubble and ground water lie directly on the
salt. It could therefore not be ruled out that radioactive particles would enter drinking
A concrete hall above ground has been receiving highly radioactive waste since 1995.
Although prominent geologists have warned since the 80s against making the salt plug the
permanent was repository, the nuclear industry had sunk about 1.25 billion euros into an
wexploratory mine by the end of 2002.
The atomic industry is trying to create facts here and is ruthlessly asserting its
interests. Scientific findings or the justified worries of the population dont
concern them at all, explains Breuer. He says that with every transport into the
hall,. The industry and the government are trying to cement Gorleben as the final
repository, the environmentalists fear.
Greenpeace points out that the federal environment minister, Jürgen Trittin of The
Greens, has stated repeatedly that hed table a law during this legislative session
(until 2006) about finding a final repository, but at half-time theres no sign of
The search for an alternative final dump will cost several hundred million euros
that the power companies dont want to pay although they produced the waste. Trittin
hasnt had the guts so far to start the lawmaking process for this, says
Breuer. This failure is irresponsible. Following next generations are going to have
to live with the problems nuclear power companies and politicians are causing us
(Translated by Diet Simon)