NUCLEAR Carsten Rau´s documentary Atomkraft Forever navigates where Germany is in its relationship to nuclear energy.
Dieter Wieczorek
Dieter Wieczorek
Wieczorek is a film critic and regular contributor to Modern Times Review.
Published date: October 28, 2020

The film starts with a countdown. It gets clear that it’s the necessary time for a contamination check of a nuclear reactor. The sign for danger is set.

The German town of Greifswald holds one of the disconnected reactors in Germany. Its decomposition process will take 33 years and will cost around 5 billion euros. Greifswald is only one of 17 reactors to be decomposed after Angela Merkel’s 2011 decision to turn away from nuclear energy. So we are talking about 85 billion euros just in Germany. Unfortunately, Carsten Rau does not ask who will pay this bill in his documentary Atomkraft Forever. 600,000 barrels of radioactive material will be the result of the deconstruction and still not one final storage zone has been determined worldwide. Reactors in Germany had received the construction permission by just signing the sentence as «removal proof»: «It needs progress for the research of final storage». This was the reason why the repository Gorleben had been kept as a possible solution for so long, even facing massive population protests and scientific declarations about its ineptitude.

During this deconstruction, radioactive liquids are set free and the polluted cement must be decomposed with hand machines. The evaporating dust constitutes a heavy risk of entering worker’s …


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