Castor Resistance in Germany 2017

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overview on planned Castor transports in Germany[1]
place of departure -> destination number of Castor casks possible year of transport comment
Obrigheim -> Neckarwestheim[2] 15 Castor casks from 2017 transport by ship on Neckar river;
Obrigheim NPP was closed on May 11, 2005
[3]
La Hague -> Phillipsburg 5 Castor casks from 2017
Jülich -> Ahaus 152 Castor casks from 2018[4]
Garching -> Ahaus 5 Castor casks from 2018
Sellafield -> Brokdorf 7 Castor casks 2018, 2019 or 2020
Sellafield -> Biblis 7 Castor casks 2018, 2019 or 2020
Sellafield -> Ohu 7 Castor casks 2018, 2019 or 2020


  • the next Castor transports to a temporary nuclear repository in Germany (formerly destination was Gorleben[5]) are supposed to take place between 2017[6] and 2020[7]:
    • 152 Castor casks containing spent fuel of the failed very-high-temperature reactor (VHTR) AVR Jülich are supposed to be shipped starting in 2018 either to the central temporary repository in Ahaus or to the USA[4]
    • 342 high level radioactive spent fuel elements from the 2005 decommissioned Obrigheim NPP including 48 fuel elements made from reprocessed uranium and 40 much plutonium containing MOX fuel elements, which both emit a much stronger radiation than normal spent fuel. This all will be assembled to 15 Castor casks to be shipped by Neckar river to the interim storage site at Neckarwestheim NPP[4]
    • high level radioactive waste from the plutonium factory (so-called "reprocessing unit") in Sellafield (UK) in 21 Castor casks[8] in 3 shipments (of 7 containers each)[9][4]
      (earlier information: or 4 shipments[10]; former transport date announcements: 2014[11], 2015[12]; or 2016[13]-2017[10])
    • intermediate level radioactive waste (MAW) in 5[4] (formerly announced: 11) CASTOR HAW28M casks in 2 shipments from the plutonium factory (so-called "reprocessing unit") in La Hague (F) expected in 2017
      (earlier information: 2014[11], but by 2015[10])
    • additional 150 casks containing other radioactive waste from reprocessing is supposed to be shipped to Ahaus after finishing the high level radioactive transports[4]
    • 5 Castor casks containing highly enriched weapon grade uranium are supposed to be shipped to Ahaus starting in 2018 from Garching research reactor München II[4]
  • see also: Castor resistance 2011, 2010 and 2008 and a short history of the Castor transports to Gorleben on this website


Past activities

"BI Umweltschutz Lüchow-Dannenberg started a collection of signatures to stop the possible 2015 MAW Castor transports before they would be started. Individuals and organizations can sign on their website.


  1. http://anti-atom-aktuell.de/castor/3.html as of October 13, 2016
  2. https://neckarwestheim.antiatom.net/blog/1299-kein-castor-transport-von-obrigheim-nach-neckarwestheim as of November 1, 2016
  3. https://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kernkraftwerk_Obrigheim&oldid=158341416 as of October 13, 2016
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 .ausgestrahlt informiert: Atommüll auf dem Neckar. Fragen und Antworten zu den geplanten Castor-Transporten vom AKW Obrigheim zum AKW Neckarwestheim; January 2017
  5. information by BI Lüchow-Dannenberg via e-mail as of July 8th, 2016
  6. BI Lüchow-Dannenberg media release as of January 2, 2015
    formerly 2015 was expected, see: http://www.bi-luechow-dannenberg.de/?p=11122 as at January 23, 2014
  7. http://anti-atom-aktuell.de/castor/3.html as of October 13, 2016
  8. http://www.ndr.de/regional/niedersachsen/heide/castortransport/castor1749.html as at December 8, 2011
  9. press release: Castoren sollen ab 2015 wieder rollen, BI Lüchow-Dannenberg, email as of March 14, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 lecture by Wolfgang Neumann at Atommüllkonferenz in Hannover, June 23, 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 Accoring to a booklet of Deutsches Atomforum, the lobby organization of the German nuclear industry: "Die Rücknahme von Wiederaufarbeitungsabfällen aus Frankreich und Großbritannien. Transport und Zwischenlagerung von Glaskokillen" as at January 19, 2012
  12. source: presentation of AG Schacht Konrad at Nuclear Waste Conference in Kassel (D) on February 2, 2013
  13. http://www.bi-luechow-dannenberg.de/?p=11095 as at January 23, 2014

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