Wismut GmbH

Remediation of uranium mining legacies in the affected regions of Saxony and Thuringia is well on track for 25 years. Substantial remediation tasks have been fulfilled at a number of sites while they have come close to completion at the majority of sites under remediation. To date, the federally-owned company has spent some six billion euro on remediation activities conducted in Saxony and Thuringia. Successful conclusion of the operation is not only an indispensable prerequisite for the restoration of a liveable environment in the affected regions it also provides the possibility of a new beginning. Today, rehabilitated landscapes can be seen almost everywhere, landscapes which offer possibilities of sustained safe reuse.

The history of active mining substantiates the need to remediate its legacies and to address the final phase of mining: long-term remedial tasks. Active after-care, monitoring of former mining and milling sites and water management in particular will be the challenges to be addressed in the two or three decades ahead. These long-tail liabilities are part and parcel of the Wismut environmental restoration programme; they were again defined in the 2015 Remediation Programme. This is no less demanding a task and a challenge that will require full mobilisation of commitment, competencies, and the implementation of state-of-the-art know-how and expertise. Funding of this undertaking will continue to be provided by the federal government.