German Waste Research Site Deemed Unsafe

27 August 2009 (Last Updated August 27th, 2009 18:30)

Germany’s only nuclear storage test facility has been deemed unsafe for use. Experts have called for the Gorleben salt dome, which by 2030 was to be the nation’s national high-level nuclear waste storage facility, to be closed as a result of legal and safety concerns regarding the site.

Germany’s only nuclear storage test facility has been deemed unsafe for use.

Experts have called for the Gorleben salt dome, which by 2030 was to be the nation’s national high-level nuclear waste storage facility, to be closed as a result of legal and safety concerns regarding the site.

Activities at the site, according to German Environment Minister Sigma Gabriel, had not been documented in a transparent way.

Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl has been accused of brushing over legal and safety concerns that said the site was not fit for such high-level waste.

Public protests and previous concern over the site caused a halt in research in 2000, but Berlin has since invested nearly $2bn into the site, according to a report on Nuclear Power Daily.

Current German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in favour of new research into Gorleben. However, others believe Germany should be investigating alternative options instead.