The salt dome in Gorleben underwent several decades of exploratory work interspersed with several-years of interruptions. These exploratory activities were intended to evaluate its suitability for use as a repository for high-level radioactive waste. Final results are not available.
With the passing of the Site Selection Act (StandAG) in 2013, the exploratory work was discontinued. The Gorleben site is treated like any other potential site in Germany within the framework of the site selection procedure. Following the application of the geoscientific consideration criteria, the Gorleben salt dome did not become a sub-area in accordance with Section 24 of the Site Selection Act. This means that Section 36(1) sentence 5 number 1 of the Act applies and that the Gorleben salt dome is therefore excluded from the selection procedure. Accordingly, the Gorleben salt dome will not be considered as part of subsequent work by the BGE on proposals for siting regions.
On 29 July 2014, the federal government and the state government of Lower Saxony agreed that the mine building that had been kept in operation and the surface installations would be scaled back to the size needed to keep the mine open. In addition, the safety installations would be reduced to the level of a normal industrial facility. Underground, the areas that are no longer needed in order to keep the mine open have been decommissioned and sealed off. Machinery and vehicles that are no longer needed have been brought above ground and withdrawn from service.
Above ground, the size of the mine site is being reduced considerably, and the mine infrastructure is being adapted. Buildings and installations that are no longer needed purely to keep the mine open have been scaled back or are available for other uses.
In 2019, all but a few sections of the surrounding wall were removed and the downsized facility was surrounded with standard industrial fencing. The BGE is preparing for the closure of Gorleben mine.
Public relations work at the Gorleben site has been discontinued. If you have any questions about the Gorleben site, please contact the BGE in Peine.
Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung mbH (BGE)
Phone: +49 5171 43-0