As expected, the first nationwide information day held by the German nuclear power industry attracted a lively response from the public. The questions raised by more than 30,000 visitors covered the entire technical, economic and political spectrum of nuclear energy, with the chance to look behind the scenes being of special interest to many visitors. A frequent reaction was that it was "good to be able to see things close up".
Many employees were on hand to assist and answer the questions of visitors, allowing an intensive dialogue to take place for the most part in small groups. Although Germany?s nuclear power facilities have been looking after visitors intensively for many years, they were able to welcome a number of "first-time visitors" on the information day who intend to come to the facilities with additional groups in the future. Visitors also appreciated the flexible policy of granting access to the facilities, under which families with small children were issued with special permits allowing them to visit the premises.
The public repeatedly expressed their lack of understanding for the desire of senior politicians to shut down demonstrably safe nuclear power plants in Germany with a sound environmental and economic record without being able to offer anything remotely similar in replacement.
DEUTSCHES ATOMFORUM E.V.