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Nuclear waste back in Germany: Castor transport arrived at Biblis temporary storage facility – politics

The Castor transport with German nuclear waste from the British nuclear power plant Sellafield has arrived at the plant in Biblis in the south of Hesse. The train reached its destination shortly after 10 a.m. on Wednesday. The six containers then had to be unloaded and taken to the intermediate storage facility on the site of the former nuclear power plant.

Police said five protesters briefly occupied the platform on their way from Biblis train station to the power plant site, saying the action had ended peacefully. According to the police, there were no disruptions on the route in Hesse or Lower Saxony before.

The train had left the port of Nordenham in Lower Saxony on Tuesday evening. Protests were announced along the possible routes. In the past, the Castor transports were often accompanied by large protests with track blockages.

There is a lot of criticism of the transport of the hazardous material. Environmentalists see shortcomings in the Biblis intermediate storage and safety shortages in the Castor containers. The Association for Temporary Storage (BGZ), which is responsible for the storage of highly radioactive nuclear waste, rejects these concerns.

The ‘Stop Castor’ alliance announced meetings in Biblis in accordance with Corona rules. Regardless of the train timetable, there should be a demonstration in the afternoon.

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For Germany it is the first large return transport of nuclear waste to Castoren in nine years. According to the federal government, Germany must take back its nuclear waste processed abroad due to international obligations – both from Sellafield and the French factory La Hague.

There was also criticism of the transport in connection with the corona epidemic and a possible risk for the deployed police officers. Police referred to a comprehensive hygiene concept, where the health of all involved was the top priority. (dpa)

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