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Issue January 2018

Final storage

First steps

Editorial


Starter’s orders for final storage

Foreword by Michael Sailer, CEO, Oeko-Institut

In July 2016, the German Commission on the Storage of High-Level Radioactive Waste presented its final report. I myself was a member of the Commission, which spent a total of two years working to define a procedure for the selection of a final storage site for Germany’s nuclear waste. In summer 2016, the new Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management (BfE) began work and soon afterwards, the Federal Company for Radioactive Waste Disposal (BGE) was established as the operator of the final storage facility. In March 2017, the German Bundestag approved the amended Repository Site Selection Act (Standortauswahlgesetz). This means that a sound scientific, political and organisational framework is in place for the forthcoming search. Despite the challenges that this has involved, the process thus has democratic legitimacy, and that is immensely important. We can view...

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Starter’s orders for final storage

In Focus


First steps

The search for a final storage site

It is a process of superlatives. It affects the whole country. It focuses on all the regions. It will preoccupy our society for many generations to come. It is about building a facility that guarantees the highest possible level of safety for a million years to contain surely the most hazardous type of waste of all: high-level radioactive waste (HLW). The search for a final storage site officially began in September 2017 – and the Oeko-Institut’s experts are working to ensure that... more

First steps

Final storage, landfill or reuse?

Clearance of dismantling waste

For many of Germany’s nuclear power plants, the post-nuclear age has already begun. There are now only eight operational nuclear power plants left in Germany; decommissioning is already under way at 21 nuclear facilities, and applications for decommissioning have been lodged for a further four. With so many nuclear plants now being dismantled, what happens to all the waste – the fuel elements and pipes, the reactor pressure vessel and the masonry from the reactor building? Who... more

Final storage, landfill or reuse?

“We must build trust and involve the public”

Interview with Professor Klaus Töpfer (National Support Body)

No discussions behind closed doors, no decisions over people’s heads – the search for a final storage site will be transparent, fair and involve the public. A key role in this context is played by the National Support Body (NSB), set up at the recommendation of the German Commission on the Storage of High-Level Radioactive Waste. The NSB, whose members are respected public figures and citizens’ representatives, is tasked with providing mediating and independent support for the... more

“We must build trust and involve the public”

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