Translation: Cooling towers of the NUCLEAR power plant Philippsburg blown up: a Spectacular end of a risk-Kiln – But the problems with nuclear power remain
- May 14, 2020 8:29 am GMT
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MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Germany –
Source: Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany Berlin. With the blasting of the two cooling towers of the Philippsburg nuclear power plant (AKW) one of Germany’s most prone to failure has a spectacular end on Thursday. The nuclear power plant in Baden-Württemberg only went offline last December. The power plant has been in operation for more than thirty years, despite the fact that it violates current safety requirements. The chanting of the generation of nuclear power continues, but there is no end in sight to the problems: The question of the highly dangerous storage of nuclear waste remains unresolved and the expansion of renewable energies is making little progress. The German Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND) is calling for a rapid phase-out of nuclear power and coal-based electricity generation and an ambitious, decentralized expansion of renewables, but instead the rapid demolition of the cooling towers in Philippsburg should make room for a new energy dinosaur, like Armin Gabler , Member of the Federal Executive Board and the Baden-Württemberg State Executive Board of the BUND explains: “The cooling towers should give way to the converter from Ultranet. The new line for high-voltage direct current transmission (HVDC) from northern Germany ends in Philippsburg. The electricity will then be re-spanned there and distributed across the country. A dinosaur is leaving, a new dinosaur is coming. ”Even if the last nuclear reactors will be shut down at the end of 2022, Germany will remain part of the nuclear chain. Uranium is enriched indefinitely in Gronau and fuel elements from the Lingen factory are supplied to foreign nuclear power plants, including the dilapidated Belgian reactors Doel and Tihange. Not to mention the problem of the glowing legacies that will endanger many generations after us. A legacy of solidarity for the young generation. Alexandra Struck, member of the federal executive board of BUNDjugend: “We young people are left alone with a problem of millions of years that we have no responsibility for and for which no solution is in sight. In terms of climate protection and nuclear waste, we call for a rethinking of politics so that we and future generations will not be left in ruins. We need a fair and future-proof energy supply that looks beyond the horizon of the next legislative period and does not create more garbage without storage for infinity. ”German nuclear waste is currently stored in interim storage facilities with questionable safety precautions. The last operating permits will end in 2046, and it is unclear what will happen next. Six additional German castors from the reprocessing in France are to be brought to the Philippsburg interim storage facility. Gabler points out that even with low-level radioactive waste, there are major problems: “The so-called free waste, for example parts of buildings with low levels of radiation, are sent to conventional household landfills, for which the districts are responsible. Karlsruhe, however, does not have a landfill with the required standard and does not find one in Germany that accepts the waste. Because nobody wants the garbage. ”The BUND is finally calling for a valid interim storage concept for Germany. A broad public debate must first be held about this concept. More information on the nuclear power press contact: Juliane Dickel, Head of Nuclear and Energy Policy, BUND expert for energy policy, Tel .: (030) -2 75 86 562, Mobile: 0176-31267936, juliane.dickel (at) bund.net and BUND press office (Sigrid Wolff / Daniel Jahn / Judith Freund / Heye Jensen), Tel .: (030) 2 75 86-425 / -531 / -497 / -464, presse (at) bund.net
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