Germany has completely stopped producing uranium. The authorities ended a 30-year program to curtail the production of the radioactive substance on June 1, according to Deutsche Welle.
The last batch of a mixture of water and uranium oxide in two silos weighing 19.5 tons left the territory of the Wismut plant in the city of Koenigstein. Since 1997, the uranium mixture has been purchased by the American company Nuclear Fuels, which is engaged in the production of nuclear fuel.
The curtailment of uranium production in Germany took place under the supervision of the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Over the past 30 years, the FRG has been further developing reserves, which managed to obtain about 3.35 thousand tons of the substance.
Germany (GDR) was the fourth-largest producer of uranium in the world until 1990. Since 1991, Wismut has been repairing the damage caused by its activities. Environmental programs for these purposes cost the government 6.8 billion euros.
The IAEA controls the production of enriched uranium worldwide. In March 2021, representatives of the department conducted a check on the fact that isotopes of a radioactive substance used in the nuclear industry were obtained at a facility in North Korea. In August 2020, Iran agreed to grant IAEA monitors access to closed but suspicious nuclear facilities.