Prof. Dr. Georg Büchel
May 26, 2016, 6–8 p.m.
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Germany’s nuclear power plant operators are to pay 23.3 billion euro into a state-administered fund for the interim and final storage of nuclear waste. This compromise was mediated by the Commission on Funding Nuclear Decommissioning. But will this make the financial risks to the German taxpayers manageable? If we look at the remediation of the so-called Wismut region in Saxony and Thuringia, where SAG/SDAG Wismut, from 1946 until 1990, extensively mined the highly radioactive uranium-rich pitchblende, the dimensions of the disposal of nuclear waste become clearer. Until 2045, the federal government will provide some 8 billion euro for the remediation of 1,500 kilometers of open mine workings, 311 million cubic meters of overburden material, und 160 million cubic meters of radioactive tailings. Geologist Prof. Dr. Georg Büchel from the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena will provide insight into this huge environmental restoration project during a lecture at the Schering Stiftung.
SDAG Wismut was for a while the world’s third-largest uranium producer. Shortly after German reunification, in May 1991, underground and open-pit mining was stopped and the Wismut GmbH for the remediation of the legacies of uranium mining was founded. The environmental restoration project involves mainly overburden remediation, backfilling of open-pit mines, water management and treatment as well as the disassembly and demolition of the industrial facilities.
In his lecture, Prof. Dr. Büchel will give insight into this extensive restoration project and present the latest research and approaches. For example, he has teamed up with microbiologists to develop processes to improve the soil quality in the Wismut region with the aid of micro-organisms.
The lecture takes place in connection with the exhibition Pechblende (Chapter 1) by artist Susanne Kriemann, which can be viewed in our Project Space until June 5.
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