Germany restarts hunt for nuclear waste dump

The expansion of Germany’s temporary nuclear waste store in the northern town of Gorleben will stop immediately and a nationwide search for a permanent site will resume, environment minister Norbert Roettgen told journalists on Thursday.

The federal ministry has agreed to study a number of potential sites around the country with Germany’s state governments and to make a science-based decision on future proceedings, he said. A law enabling the search will be finalised in mid-2012, ground-level investigations will begin in 2014 and subterranean studies in 2019.

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