Corporate Portrait

Rehabilitation of uranium ore mining legacies in Saxony and Thuringia
Wismut GmbH is a federal government-owned company operating in Saxony and Thuringia. Its principal business is the decommissioning, cleanup, and rehabilitation of uranium mining and processing sites.

The company's sole shareholder is the Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the German Federal Ministry for Economics Affairs and Climate Action. Since its foundation in 1991, the company is headquartered in Chemnitz/Saxony. By rehabilitating the uranium mining legacies, the 800 strong Wismut workforce is rising to one of the greatest ecological and technical challenges ever.

The Wismut Project has emerged as an important international reference project for state-of-the-art remediation technologies for the rehabilitation of radioactively contaminated sites. The experience and know-how gained under this unique environmental restoration project are being applied to rehabilitation projects in Germany and abroad.

Wismut is also an important partner on the regional level. In the rehabilitation process, numerous contracts were and continue to be farmed out under tendering procedures by Wismut to small and medium-sized businesses in either region. By doing so, the Wismut company makes a substantial contribution to foster the economic development of sites under remediation.

At the same time, the company has emerged as an important economic factor and is a major employer in the regions under rehabilitation in Saxony and Thuringia. Since 1993, more than 1,500 young people have completed their vocational training at Wismut.

Areas which uranium mining operations had claimed for decades were for the most part restored to their former uses, thus enhancing environmental qualities and the quality of life in their neighbourhoods. In the communities concerned, close cooperation with Wismut lays the foundation for fruitful developments. To quote but two examples: Schlema has successfully restored its former glory as a spa town, and Ronneburg hosted the national horticultural exhibition in 2007 which visited nearly 1.5 Mio people.
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