Baltic Tour: List of offered topics for presentations

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This is a list of topics for presentations which can be offered by participants of the Baltic Sea Info Tour or by local activists from the stops of the Tour. You can add your presentation suggestions; please give us also a possibility to reach you (e.g. phone number, e-mail address).

Slide show including 20 slides about the radioactive contamination and nuclear threats to the Baltic Sea.
This lecture gives an overview about the disposal of nuclear waste in Germany, the four more or less "official" final repositories for radioactive materials and about basic challenges of the final disposal of longterm radioactive waste. It takes some 60 minutes including a little bit time to ask questions and to have some discussions. The presentation can be offered also in German.
The former central final disposal site of the GDR is situated some 100 km east of Hannover and some 180 km east of Berlin in the German state Sachsen-Anhalt. It is a former salt mine with a number of safety problems such as the danger of collapse, water flooding the mine and other problems resulting from an unsuitable geological situation.
Since 2003 the operator of the repository - the federal office for radiation protection (BfS) - is putting some 800,000 cubic meters of "salt concrete" (a mixture of salt, concrete and further materials) into the caverns to "stabilize" the mine. In August 2009, the operator had to admit that a cavern with nuclear waste will cave-in soon: Some 20,000 tons of the repository will cave-in. That will effect the surface like a small earthquake, they said. This would not be the first cave-in in Morsleben.
The salt concrete is particularly responsible for this threat: The weight of the concrete is adding forces to the salt structures of the mine and will probably cause a collapse of the concerned cavern.
The presentation covers the history and current safety issues of the German final repository Morsleben. Morsleben is currently in the process of being shut down. On October 22nd, the public consultation process regarding the closure concept began. However, it will never be possible to make Morsleben completely safe, as it is already affected by water leakages into the mine, as well as cave-ins of large parts of the caverns.
Duration: some 30 minutes
Based on pictures of anti-nuclear actions in Germany you will get an overview about the diversity of actions in the German anti-nuclear movement, its successes and strategies in the struggle against nuclear power.
Duration: some 30 minutes



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