Last nuclear waste train heads to Germany

Nov 26, 2011
Thousands of anti-nuclear protestors were awaiting the arrival of a train carrying radioactive nuclear waste from France at its destination in northern Germany Saturday.

Thousands of anti-nuclear protestors were awaiting the arrival of a train carrying radioactive nuclear waste from France at its destination in northern Germany Saturday.

Organisers said they were expecting some 20,000 people to protest in the town of Dannenberg, where the 11 containers of reprocessed German being carried by the train are due to be unloaded.

They will then be transported by heavy goods trucks for the final 20 kilometres (12 miles) to Gorleben, where the waste will be stored.

A number of largely peaceful protests have slightly slowed the progress of the train since it left Normandy in France on Wednesday.

Activists blocked the train tracks at the town of Neunkirchen Friday afternoon where the train stopped for five hours to change engines and television pictures showed activists removing ballast stones from under the tracks in a bid to slow the train's progress.

Organisers were expecting some 20,000 people to protest in the German town of Dannenberg, where the 11 containers of reprocessed German nuclear waste being carried by the train are due to be unloaded.

There were isolated outbreaks of violence on Thursday and Friday in Metzingen, near to Gorleben, where 10 masked people attacked police with bricks and smoke bombs but managed to escape arrest, said an AFP photographer at the scene.

Police said unknown assailants had set fire to two patrol cars.

Also on Thursday, police deployed water cannon and tear gas against a few hundred protesters who tried to block the road near Gorleben, resulting in a handful of arrests and light injuries on both sides.

The number of protestors expected at Dannenberg is however fewer than half those who turned out this time last year, when Germany was at the height of a debate over nuclear power in the country.

In November 2010 tens of thousands of activists protested another shipment, delaying the train by a whole day.

A group of leftist activists attack a police van protecting the train tracks near Metzingen, northern Germany. Thousands of German anti-nuclear protesters mobilised against a train carrying radioactive nuclear waste from France that has already sparked violent opposition.

Since then, however, in the wake of March's in Fukushima, Japan, the has decided to abandon . This appears to have dampened the protests.

This is expected to be the last such shipment from France. But from 2014, nuclear waste will be transported to Germany from a British processing plant at Sellafield.

In June, Chancellor Angela Merkel's government agreed to halt all German reactors by 2022, forcing energy suppliers to close the plants.

But Germany is still debating the problem of storing nuclear waste, which has potentially harmful effects.

Environmentalists say that the nuclear radiation in the Gorleben zone excedes the authorised levels.

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1 / 5 (7) Nov 26, 2011
A misunderstanding of the nature of interactions between nucleons [1] led to wrong, consensus conclusions about the nature of Earths heat source - the Sun [2] the causes of global climate change [3-5], and frustrated efforts to meet our future energy needs by mimicking the imaginary controlled, hydrogen-fusion reactor operating in the Sun and other ordinary stars [6]. The TFMSR (Thorium-Fuelled Molten Salt Reactors) may be the safest way for Western nations to meet future energy needs, if political leaders have the courage to insist that the waste products not be left for other countries or future generations to dispose [7].


2. http://adsabs.har....3....5G




6. http://scientific...-future/

2.8 / 5 (6) Nov 26, 2011
Oliver Manuel's recent efforts to plaster and other public news sites with his theories and personal URLs are a bit puzzling, as scientists have a variety of publications available to communicate directly to each other in. My best guess is that he is desperately trying to prop up his legacy in light of his arrest in his university office on 7 charges of rape and sodomy based on allegations by 4 of his own children. The charges have been reduced to one count of felony attempted sodomy, not necessarily because of his innocence, but because of the statute of limitations. One can only guess how the recent charges and decades of family strife have affected his ability to reason rationally and to remain objective while defending his unpopular theories.

not rated yet Nov 27, 2011
"...10 masked people attacked police with bricks and smoke bombs but managed to escape arrest..."

I find it exceedingly difficult to believe that suddenly the German police are this incompetent.
1 / 5 (2) Nov 27, 2011
I am just surprised that this whole "idiot" nuclear industry, is stuck in an incredibly narrow scope on the materials used (that isotope of uranium), the reactors that ONLY use that fuel blend, and the storing of hot rods in ponds seemingly for ever.

As to why in the fuck can't reactors be made like tunnel ovens, where slabs of radioactive "shit" be wheeled in one end, have the radioactiveness reacted out of it - along with all the energy, and then when it's reduced to essentially low level waste, it can then be cast into big mildly hot (self heating) ingots, that through contained convection etc., - can be used for bulk heating of large spaces etc.

Free atomic heating for the next 5,000 years.

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