Citizens concerned about the
Site Selection Procedure
for the German
nuclear waste repository

grassroots at work – watching the government’s activities

The federal government of Germany is currently searching for a potential permanent repository location for the combined nuclear waste that has been and is currently produced by German power plants and research institutions since the early days of nuclear technology in the 1950s.

There’re three potential scenarios based on underground storage in either granite, salt or claystone. The process starts based on a so-called ‚white map‘ covering all of Germany. In the course of the selection process more and more areas not fulfilling the requirements will be excluded until at last the ultimate location will remain.

In the late 1970s near the village of Wredenhagen in the North-East of Germany a salt stock was discovered and studied but never developed nor exploited so our landscape remained intact.

Such permanent nuclear waste repository is of course not welcome. We’re afraid of negative effects on our homeland and the local economy which is currently centered around tourism and agriculture.

That is why the villagers and people of the surrounding area watch the proceedings of the site selection process critically, preparing for the potential scenario that „our“ salt stock should become a candidate for the repository.

Here’s a map showing salt stocks around Wredenhagen:

Benachbarte Salzstöcke nach Kockel und Krull, 1995