Castor Transport Reaches Neckarwestheim

At about eleven hours on the Neckar, the fourth nuclear waste shipment arrived at the Neckarwestheim interim storage facility. There were protests from activists on the track.

After arriving in Neckarwestheim, it was expected that the containers would be brought from the ship to the interim storage facility with spent fuel. The special vessel with three Castor containers had deposited in the night on Thursday against 2 o’clock at the disused nuclear power plant Obrigheim. Around 4.45 clock the ships passed the lock at Haßmersheim, at 7.40 clock the lock at Bad Friedrichshall-Kochendorf.

It is the fourth of five transports of this kind. A total of 15 containers are to be stored with the radioactive residual waste in Neckarwestheim. Nine castors have already arrived there. The next three are on the way.

Actions in Heilbronn

Opponents of the nuclear waste transports gathered in Heilbronn to a vigil. At the Otto Konz Bridge, the police counted shortly after eight o’clock three participants. The mood remained peaceful.

Another action was at Sontheim. With people, ducks and barrels in the Neckar, protesters tried to stop the ship. Around 10 nuclear waste opponents swam in the river. The special vessel slowly drove past the protesters. “We got the floats and the items out of the water,” a police spokesman said afterwards.

Members of the organizations Robin Wood as well as the alliance Neckar castorfrei and the anti-nuclear initiative Karlsruhe participated in the action, as the opponents of the nuclear power plant announced. Police circled the activists with dinghies.

Departure at night 

Nuclear power fighters criticized sharply that the ship this time in the middle of the night against 2.00 clock was started – instead of how in the morning. “If the police move a Castor transport into the night, that only shows their helplessness,” said the activists.

“This is our tactical tactic,” explained Roland Fleischer, spokesman for the operations management in Göppingen, the start of transport in the middle of the night. Permission for transport is 24 hours. The current ride has also been prepared “meticulously” and “carefully checked”. The police union had criticized in advance the transports in the season-related darkness.

The highest premise, according to the police, is security. “It’s about speed,” says Roland Fleischer. Whether the transport arrives in Neckarwestheim one hour earlier or later, “does not matter to us”.

The first castor transport took place at the end of June. The second and third transport went on stage in September and October. The energy company EnBW also wants to complete the fifth and last transport this year.