A train carrying 150 tonnes of reprocessed nuclear waste from France entered Germany today, and protesters were met by water cannon. The train is the last of a series of shipments scheduled to be treated at Gorleben in Germany’s Lower Saxony state.
Protesters argue that Germany should not be accepting the waste, and that it is dangerous to transport it in this way. To try to prove their point, they attempted to set up road blocks near the train lines. Armoured police vehicles moved in to remove the road blocks. The use of the water cannon caused outrage among the demonstrators.
The train is expected to be the last such consignment. With the contract having expired, and Germany turning its back on nuclear power and nuclear waste, it seems that the protesters will get their wish of having no more nuclear waste transported in this way.