Public hearing at the Deutscher Bundestag (17.05.21)
(by the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety)
Experts have called for a start to be made as soon as possible on salvaging the estimated 1.6 million tons of munitions waste in the German Baltic and North Seas. Due to increasing corrosion, the danger posed by the munitions dumped in the seas is growing, they said at a public hearing held by the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety on Monday, May 17, 2021. In doing so, the experts at the meeting chaired by committee chairwoman Sylvia Kotting-Uhl (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) welcomed a joint motion by the FDP and Bündnis 90/Die Grünen parliamentary groups entitled "Munitionsaltlasten in den Meeren bergen und umweltverträglich vernichten" (19/26339).
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Motion by FDP and Greens. In the motion, the two parliamentary groups call on the German government to develop a strategy for the complete salvage and environmentally compatible destruction of munitions waste. In doing so, the petitioners want the federal government to create a jointly supported institution that coordinates the clearance of contaminated sites. It should also drive forward the development of modern and environmentally compatible clearance technologies and initiate a corresponding pilot project in the Baltic Sea before the end of 2021.