Nuclear waste reaches destination in Germany
22 November 2005, GORLEBEN, GERMANY - Nuclear waste containers arrived at their destination in Gorleben in Lower Saxony early Tuesday, despite protests along the way, travelling the last 20 kilometres by road after a 42-hour rail journey from France.
22 November 2005
GORLEBEN, GERMANY - Nuclear waste containers arrived at their destination in Gorleben in Lower Saxony early Tuesday, despite protests along the way, travelling the last 20 kilometres by road after a 42-hour rail journey from France.
Demonstrators attempted to block the road, using a tractor chained to a large concrete block and placed across the road in the village of Grippel along the way from the rail station at Dannenberg to the south of Hamburg.
Eleven protestors chained themselves to the block. Police needed 10 hours to clear the blockage before the containers on low loader trucks could proceed.
The latest shipment began at a factory in La Hague, western France, on Saturday. It comprises 12 containers of highly toxic nuclear waste that has been reprocessed into glass bricks.
The material is residue from fuel rods used in German nuclear power stations. Germany is obliged to take its own waste back after it has been mixed with glass. The waste is expected to remain radioactive for centuries.
The train had earlier survived an ambush near Dannenberg, when 150 anti-nuclear militants hid in woods and rushed onto railway tracks as the train approached. They were hauled off by riot police.
Lower Saxony state deployed 10,000 police to protect the shipment from sabotage.
The waste is to be stored in an underground cavern that was scoured out to produce salt at Gorleben. There are now 68 so-called "Castor" containers at the site.
The dump has split locals, with some welcoming the jobs it creates while others fear the waste could leak into the environment.
A year ago, a 23-year-old protester was killed when he chained himself to railway tracks in France and a nuclear-waste train bound for the German waste site was unable to stop in time.
Subject: German news