ENDING NUCLEAR POWER AND NUCLEAR TRANSPORTS IN GERMANY?

Date: 1999/01/25

There are and will be more nuclear transports than those 60-100 estimated yearly to Ahaus and Gorleb en. Several hundred nuclear transports of aggressive uranium hexafluoride (UF6), transported each year on highways leading through residential areas to the only German uranium enrichment plant (Urenco) at Gronau, represent a high potential of danger. If Urenco gets permission by the government of North-Rhine Westfalia to enlarge its capacity, then up to 900 transports will roll yearly. Without the enrichment of UF6 in Gronau and the subsequent delivery to Lingen (ANF) for the production of fuel rods, nuclear plants would be cut off from their needed sources. That, too, could be a focal point for blockading nuclear plants. It´s rather frustrating
when anti-nuclear actions must depend solely on the government´s Castor transport schedules.

The German nuclear lobby and government both deliberately "forget" about the dirty facts of uranium mining and uranium processing because they won´t admit that the German nuclear business results worldwide in tons of radioactive and toxic tailings of uranium mining , followed by disastrous impacts on local cultures. The politician´s shallow words about "national responsibility" won´t enable us "to take back" the ecological and cultural damage, or to "clean up" the ocean contamination coming from the La Hague and Sellafield
plants. This is a result of unscrupulous German acts, too. Not one nuclear victim can be healed or restored to life. The anti-nuclear movement has to bring two clear messages to the public: 1.) EVERY nuclear transport enlarges the area of contamination. 2.) Those who want something different from immediately ending nuclear power (and simultaneously energy saving/sustainable energy use) will enlarge and renew nuclear environmental crimes. Uranium mining and uranium enrichment are definitely part of it. Besides, uranium enrichment allows the production of nuclear weapons.

Ilona Joerden, Germany
joerden@bigfoot.com

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