Uranium mining and the use of uranium lead to uncontrollable uses: nuclear power, nuclear weapons, destruction. The Nuclear Free Future Foundation has been educating about this for 25 years.
In February 2021 the French nuclear company Framatome announced plans to create a Joint Venture with the Russian nuclear company Rosatom in Lingen (Emsland, Lower Saxony, Germany) in order to produce nuclear fuel rods. In Lingen the only nuclear fuel production facility in Germany is in operation. It delivers nuclear fuel to high risk reactors in Belgium, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Spain, Sweden and Finnland. Framatome is a subsidiary of the nearly entirely state-owned French nuclear company EdF. Rosatom is state-owned in Russia – in Lingen its subsidiary TVEL is tasked to get active.
On 11 March 2011, a tsunami caused a meltdown in units 1, 2 and 3 of the Fukushima nuclear power plant. According to the Japanese supervisory authority, mainly iodine-131 and caesium-137 were released, with the radioactive load being about one tenth of the amount released in Chernobyl. Millions were able to follow the path the radioactive cloud took. Fukushima - and Chernobyl as early as 1986 - have shown the world the catastrophic potential of nuclear power.
Anti-nuclear initiatives from North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony as well as the Federal Association of Citizens' Initiatives for Environmental Protection (BBU) and the doctors' organisation IPPNW demand an immediate end to nuclear cooperation between Germany and Russia, especially in the field of uranium enrichment and fuel element production. The reason for the urgent appeal is the violent repression against numerous demonstrations in Russia in the wake of the unlawful arrest of opposition politician Alexei Nawalny.
In early September, the Nuclear Free Future Foundation awarded US Congresswoman Deb Haaland with the Nuclear Free Future Award. The Democrat campaigns for social justice, climate protection or against uranium mining in the Bears Ears Nature Park, a National Monument of the United States. Now she has been nominated by President-elect Joe Biden as Secretary of the Interior, as reported by the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN and meanwhile several other media.
This blogpost briefly reviews the last four years of U.S. policy on international arms control. Despite the particularly aggressive approach that has been pursued by the Trump administration, we see a high degree of continuity in the general neglect of arms control and collective security. This raises questions about how to think of new ways to repair and build up new arms control structures.
By Anna-Katharina Ferl and Sascha Hach