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If you wonder what that brown spot is on the map, it is a lignite coal mine belonging to RWE, whose grid the AVR nuclear reactor was first connected to in 1967!
(Based on original in German here: http://www.cattenom-non-merci.de/79.html)
Press Release 07/21/2014
Massive protests announced in the event of attempted transport of Castor, Spent Fuel Casks, from Jülich Research Center
Environmental and anti-nuclear organizations from all over Germany announce that in the event of attempted transport of Castor [spent fuel dry casks] from the AVR [old Pebble Bed Experimental Reactor] there will be massive protests along the entire route from the interim storage of Jülich.
In Jülich 152 casks, with highly radioactive waste from fuel elements, are stored. Apparently, the Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) [Jülich Research Center] has thus far been unable to obtain a legally secure approval for interim storage, yet obtains a transportation permit for the containers. Whether this state of affairs was brought about deliberately by the FZJ or is due to incompetence, can only be guessed.
Currently FZJ is trying, in cooperation with the state and the federal government, to move the nuclear waste for reprocessing in the United States. Legally, an export of nuclear waste is only permissible for research reactors. However, the AVR was an experimental reactor for commercial power generation (1967 – 1988). Thus, the export is illegal. To bypass the Atomic Energy Act in force, a brazen attempt to rebrand the AVR (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Experimental Reactor) as a research reactor is now taking place. The same applies to the 305 containers from the decommissioned pebble bed reactor Hamm-Uentrop, which is now being kept in Ahaus. These will be soon sent to the United States, according to public notice of the U.S. Department of Energy – this is also illegal!
If the U.S. plans fail there still looms the threat to move the “west castor” [dry casks at Jülich] to the interim facility in Ahaus. Already in 2013, these plans had to be abandoned because of protests. The warehouse in Ahaus is not much safer than those in Jülich, and the approval for storage there is only until 2036. The waste must be conditioned at a later date for final disposal; this is not possible in Ahaus, but probably in Jülich. The basis of any planning must be the avoidance of nuclear transport, which constitutes an unnecessary threat to the population.
The motto “Nothing in! Nothing out! ” is consensus among the signatories. Any nuclear waste transport is generally rejected, as long as no nationwide nuclear waste storage exists. Instead, the nuclear waste must remain in an earthquake-safe and approved interim storage facility at Jülich.
In a nationwide meeting of the anti-nuclear and environmental organizations, it was decided that in that in the event of the dry cask transports that the entire nationwide German nuclear power plant resistance should position themselves along the transport routes. The focus will thus be Jülich and the Ahaus target (or Nordenham in the case of U.S. export). But also along the possible transport routes local initiatives will bring the entire range of resistance to the streets – along the lines of successful actions in Gorleben.
The failed highly contaminated AVR-container will shortly be tilted by 90 degrees and then shifted by about 200 meters to be moved to a rather makeshift interim storage. Alternatives to this worldwide unique and high-risk project were not adequately investigated! Also on the grounds of a new earthquake report is a shift of the reactor rejected. Why the contaminated reactor should stay in Jülich, but the dry casks must be moved due to earthquake risk remains a mystery.
[Unofficial translation based mostly, but not entirely, on google translator, checked against German original, where the translation seemed unclear. Note that “CASTOR (cask for storage and transport of radioactive material) is a trademarked brand of dry casks used to store spent nuclear fuel (a type of nuclear waste). CASTORs are manufactured by GNS, a German provider of nuclear services.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_cask_storage%5D
Signatories (in alphabetical order):
1. Aachener Aktionsbündnis gegen Atomenergie
2. Aktionsbündnis Münsterland gegen Atomanlagen
3. Aktionsbündnis Stop Westcastor
5. Anti-Atom-Bündnis Niederrhein
6. Anti-Atom-Gruppe Osnabrück
7. Anti_Atom_Plenum Köln
8. Arbeitsgemeinschaft Schacht Konrad
9. Arbeitskreis Umwelt (AKU) Gronau
10. Atomfree Japan e.V.
11. Atomkraftfreie Welt-Sayonara Genpatsu Düsseldorf e.V.
12. Attac Inde-Rur
14. BUND für Umwelt und Naturschutz Landesverband NRW e.V.
15. Bundesverband Bürgerinitiativen Umweltschutz (BBU)
16. Bündnis Strahlenzug Mönchengladbach
17. Bürgerinitiative „Kein Atommüll in Ahaus“
18. Bürgerinitiative Umweltschutz Hamm
19. Cattenom Non Merci e.V.
20. “freischaffende AtomkraftgegnerInnen Moers”
21. Länderübergreifendes Bündnis “Stop Tihange”
22. Leute vom „widerStandsNest Metzingen“
23. Natur- und Umweltschutzverein Gronau (NUG) http://de.indymedia.org/2013/10/349101.shtml
24. Redaktion der „anti atom aktuell“
25. SofA Münster (Sofortiger Atomausstieg)
27. Wegberger Montagsspaziergänger gegen Atomkraft
Support from the U.S.:
Savannah River Site Watch, Columbia, South Carolina (USA) http://www.srswatch.org