Uranium Mining and the Environment in East and West Germany


Schramm compares the environmental impacts of uranium mining in East and West Germany. Problems included pollution of waterways, radioactive emanations from tailings, and the use of contaminated slag for building. While the local populations in both Germanys opposed uranium mining, this happened later in the East than in the West, in part because knowledge about the risks was at first not as widespread. Furthermore, uranium mining in West Germany took place on a much smaller scale than in the East.

DOI: doi.org/10.5282/rcc/6204