Germany to store atomic waste at Danish border

Lightly radioactive materials to be stored near Padborg

The German state of Schleswig-Holstein is planning to store atomic waste near Harreslev, which is just a stone’s throw away from the Danish border.

Some 35,000 tonnes of atomic waste generated from two nuclear power plants in the state is to be dispersed at seven different storing sites, and one of them will be at Balzersen just outside Harreslev, according to Flensborg Avis.

The Schleswig-Holstein environment minister, Robert Habeck, informed Harreslev’s mayor, Martin Ellermann, and six other mayors of the plans, but the Danes were not told.

“If we want to co-operate across the border then there is a clear expectation that we inform one another,” Thomas Andresen, the mayor of Aabenraa, told Flensborg Avis.

“Particularly in cases regarding environmental hazards that can compromise the co-operation.”

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Lightly radioactive
The atomic waste stems from two of Schleswig-Holstein’s nuclear power plants, Krümmel and Brunsbüttel, which are due to be dismantled.

The atomic waste is deemed to be of a lightly radioactive character, such as material from the carparks and other buildings at the plants.