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Federal environmental agency sees problems with recycling wind turbines

federal environmental agency sees problems with recycling wind turbines

Germany is not sufficiently prepared for the recycling of discarded wind turbines, according to the federal environment agency (UBA).

"There is a risk of bottlenecks in the recycling capacities for the fiber-reinforced plastics of the rotor blades and risks for people and the environment in the event of improper dismantling," according to a statement from the office. This was the result of an extensive research project. From 2021 onwards, an increase in the number of visitors is to be expected.

The german wind energy association only partially shares this opinion. An increase in backpacking is imminent, the association’s managing director, wolfram axthelm, told the deutsche presse-agentur: "this is a challenge that we are meeting."The so-called repowering – the replacement of old, less efficient wind turbines with new ones – will, however, be restricted by the federal government’s plans for distance regulations, the association said. As a result, he said, the number of facilities dismantled is likely to be lower than the UBA had assumed.

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One less transition in rodental

One less transition in rodental

DB-netz AG is under time pressure. The federal railway authority has given the company until the end of 2014, by which time the railroad tracks in the rodental area must have been rerouted. In the course of these measures, the crossing at the bottom of the castle is to disappear completely and a new road is to be built.
This connection has been planned for many years and will be built between the domane and the railroad line. That it should now suddenly go very fast ("after 25 years of planning"), so mayor gerhard preb, CSU) causes problems. DB-netz AG estimates that the construction costs will total around 600,000 euros. One third each had to be borne by the federal government, the railroad and the city. The city's share, however, was expected to be 65 percent. "If we want to build in the coming year, then we had to apply for the funds in the meantime", preb stated.
Now the railroad must hope that it can reach an agreement with the federal railway authority, for example, on a further delay in the implementation of the ordered conversions.
Equipping the crossing in kronacher strabe with traffic lights and half-barriers should be manageable in time. The same is planned for the crossing in einberger strabe. After that, however, turning from the access road to the abuplast company in the direction of the railroad line and vice versa will no longer be permitted. "The main access to abuplast is via the road at the train station anyway", as the mayor stated.

Two birches to fall
A site visit led the building senate to berliner strabe. Residents wanted birch trees removed that were standing on city property. The five trees have grown wild and have now reached a stately height. They cast shade and foliage and interfere with television reception, are the arguments for a fall.
Herbert scheler, the head of the building yard, made it clear: "we don't cut down trees for television reception." But showed a willingness to compromise and suggested to remove two of the trees. A group of three birch trees remains standing.

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Quiet start at tegel – traffic chaos feared

Quiet start at tegel - traffic chaos feared

"We mustn’t just look at BER now," warned oliver wagner, head of lufthansa’s berlin operations. The old tegel airport now has to cope with more takeoffs and landings than ever before.

Germany’s largest airline demanded that the berlin senate put more police on the roads to the airport to prevent traffic chaos. You don’t want to take off with half-full planes just because the passengers are stuck in traffic jams, said thomas kropp, a company representative.

So far, the old berlin airports tegel and schonefeld have coped well with the additional load. "It was a mild and calm start," said airport spokesman ralf kunkel. In the coming weeks it will be more difficult. "Passengers should in any case allow more time for the journey and the stay at the airport."

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Theinfeld church in the change of times

Theinfeld church in the change of times

The church of theinfeld was said to be one of the oldest church buildings. Currently it is being renovated. This is a good opportunity to remember the turbulent time of the building.

The church was originally only a chapel without a tower and was probably built in the 13th century. Or 14. The court had been erected in the nineteenth century. In 1599 a tower was added to the church. The year of construction 1599 is engraved in the keystone of the tower. In 1747 the nave was moved to the west and the entrance was relocated. In 1753 the monastery donated an altar to maria bildhausen, which is still in the church today. In 1839 another reconstruction took place and in addition an organ was installed.

57 years ago (1962) the church steeple (real steeple) was re-roofed. Since church attendance in theinfeld was very good, at least at that time, the pastor in charge at the time, oskar pfluger (1964 to 1982), decided in 1970 to enlarge the church by building a new nave. In order to receive grants from the bishop’s ordinariate, the political community renounced its property and transferred the church to the catholic church foundation. The new church nave was built in a very short time.

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Risk of swine fever outbreak in germany high

risk of swine fever outbreak in germany high

The risk of african swine fever (ASF) entering germany remains high, with new cases in poland and the czech republic. A spokeswoman for the friedrich loeffler institute (FLI) said that humans pose a particular danger.

Thus, the disease, which is advancing from eastern europe towards the west, could very quickly be introduced into germany through contaminated food leftovers disposed of at rest stops.

The disease was introduced into the EU via georgia and russia, and has now been detected in six member states. In poland, swine fever has reached as far west as the capital warsaw. According to the FLI, between the end of november and the beginning of january, 279 new cases of the disease occurred in wild boar in poland. The situation there was assessed by the researchers as alarming.

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Vw commercial vehicles stronger than ever

Vw commercial vehicles stronger than ever

The start of a production line for the amarok pickup at the hanover main plant at the end of june will further improve the company’s overall competitive position, chief executive officer wolfgang schreiber said on wednesday.

"People are holding back," said harald schomburg, member of the board of management for sales, referring to the growing uncertainty caused by the euro debt crisis. In light commercial vehicle sales, too, the company now has "a lot of ground to cover," especially in southern and western europe. Markets such as germany, austria, switzerland and eastern europe were still doing well: "we expect to reach a similar level in europe as in 2011 – but with a different composition."

For volkswagen, business with vans, transporters and pick-ups is an important source of income. In 2011, the division’s operating profit increased from 232 million euros to a new record level of 449 million euros. Revenue rose from 7.4 to 9 billion euros.

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Windowsill la

windowsill la

The kerwasmadla and kerwasbum reacted cleverly at the barnfelser kerwa. Since the kerwas tree was shuttered by unknown persons the year before, this should not happen this year.
"Although this", as caro and carina from the village youth affirm "we don’t even need them and they haven’t really bothered us at all". That’s why the "young-bares" switch their 20-meter-high spruce directly after erecting it themselves, in order to forestall potential repeat staters. Because the girls and boys also put up a sign with the words "atsch" the unknown people who were addressed felt challenged, so they took to their words at night and laid down the decorated trophy: "our people kept watch until six in the morning, but at seven he was suddenly lying there", smile the two kerwasmadla, who, together with the old kerwas boys who had stepped in without further ado and did not want to be accused of this sacrilege, immediately set off for the forest to get a ten-meter taller spruce to replace it. But apparently they heaved a little too hard and unsteadily, because just as the "maia" in the straight stand, the tip broke off crashingly. But even this does not upset carina and caro, because they think: "with or without spitz’ and tree, the barnfelser kerwa is a dream."