Expert Opinion on Important Safety Aspects of High-level Radioactive Waste Interim Storage

This expert opinion for the German “Nationales Begleitgremium” deals with the following main topics in connection with the interim storage of high-level radioactive waste in Germany:

  • current safety status of the interim storage facilities
  • future development of the safety status of interim storage facilities
  • prospects for interim storage beyond the licensed operating periods of the existing 16 interim storage facilities

The report provides an overview of the basic interrelationships and answers a number of questions relating to the safety of the interim storage facilities specified by the German “Nationales Begleitgremium”. In a final conclusion, some overarching aspects are pointed out from the authors' point of view.