Half of Germany is suitable for a nuclear repository, according to the report by BGE, the company responsible for the project – but not Gorleben.
Decades of protest succeed: Young woman at the anti-Castor protest near Gorleben in 2010 Photo: Christian Charisius/reuters
The search for a nuclear repository in Germany has begun with a surprise and a success for the environmental movement. The controversial site in Gorleben, Lower Saxony, is unsuitable from a geological point of view and will be ruled out, according to the "Interim Report on Partial Areas" presented by the Federal Society for Final Disposal (BGE) on Monday. "The Gorleben salt dome will therefore not be considered in the BGE’s further work on the proposals on siting regions," the BGE’s press statement said. This is exactly what nuclear critics have been demanding for decades.