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The Oeko-Institut’s researchers work on more than 350 national and international projects a year, focusing on Chemicals Management and Technology Assessment, Energy and Climate, Emission and Ambient Pollution Control, Radiation Protection, Agriculture and Biodiversity, Sustainable Consumption, Mobility, Resource Management and Industry, Nuclear Engineering and Facility Safety, and Law, Policy and Governance.

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Scientific-technical to the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) with respect to ad hoc questions in the framework of federal oversight

Project manager: Mohr, S.
End of project: 08 / 2018

The aim of the project is to provide scientific-technical advice to the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety with respect to short term, ad-hoc questions in the context of the federal oversight…

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Professional support and preparation of documents adressing environmental impact assessment of on-site interim storage facility Brunsbüttel

Project manager: Spieth-Achtnich, A.
End of project: 06 / 2018

Within the licensing procedure for new approval of the on-site interim storage facility Brunsbüttel an environmental impact assessment is necessary. Oeko-Institute examines the environmental impacts of the project as well as the…

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Assistance provided in connection with crack indications in the reactor pressure vessel of the nuclear power plant Beznau 1

Project manager: Küppers, C.
End of project: 12 / 2016

In 2015, ultrasonic testing indications were discovered in the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) of the Beznau nuclear power plant unit 1 that requires a new verification of the structural integrity by the operator. The Oeko-Institute was…

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Contributions to the German Obligations regarding the National Report and the 6th Review Meeting of the “Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management

Project manager: Neles, J.
End of project: 11 / 2018

Since preparing Germany’s first national report to the “Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management” (Joint Convention), Oeko-Institute substantially contributes the…

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Possible radioactive contamination of Wiese water and raw water of drinking water supply by a severe nuclear accident

Project manager: Küppers, C.
End of project: 07 / 2016

For the drinking water supply from Basel, Rheinwasser is seeped away and treated in a drinking water treatment plant after a passage through soil and groundwater strata. The drinking water supplier from Basel, IWB, intends to use as an…

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Evaluation of the answers from the Belgian Authority FANC to 15 questions concerning indications in Belgian NPPs submitted by the German delegation during the workshop of January 11th and 12th 2016

Project manager: Küppers, C.
End of project: 04 / 2016

In 2012 nearly 9000 indications were identified during ultra sonic inspections of the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) in the Belgian NPP Doel 3. Similar defects in lesser numbers were subsequently discovered in the Belgian NPP Tihange 2.…

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Simulation calculations of xenon isotopic activity ratios for integrated decision tools to detect nuclear test explosions

Project manager: Englert, M.
End of project: 11 / 2016

Nuclear safety in crisis areas - stroke of luck or GAU?

Project manager: Ustohalova, V.
End of project: 06 / 2016

The use of nuclear energy requires an extensive institutional and physical infrastructure based on stable national and international relations. Conversely, international or national conflicts can intentionally or by accident lead to…

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Expertise on questions regarding the site selection process for a German HAW repository in support of a working group of the German Endlagerkommission (ELK)

Project manager: Alt, S.
End of project: 06 / 2016

During the decisive phase of consultation within the German Commission on High Level Waste Disposal ("Endlagerkommission"), Oeko-Institute provided intense support the Commission's "working group on societal and technical/scientific…

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Ultrasonic testing indications in the Beznau nuclear power plant

Project manager: Küppers, C.
End of project: 01 / 2016

In 2015, ultrasonic testing indications were discovered in the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) of the Beznau nuclear power plant unit 1 that requires a new verification of the structural integrity by the operator. The Oeko-Institute was…

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New developments in safety-related aspects of the long term storage of spent fuel and vitrified high-level wastes

Project manager: Neles, J.
End of project: 06 / 2018

This project analyses new developments in managing non-technical ageing aspects of extended interim storage in a national and international context. Extended interim storage is the consequence of the absence of a suitable final…

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Partitioning and Transmutation

Project manager: Englert, M.
End of project: 12 / 2015

The report scientifically analyses transmutation as a possible treatment for German nuclear waste and its possible advantages and risks. It describes all technically necessary steps and facilities in the process of transmutation and…

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Evaluation of different public participation measures in the context of nuclear facilities’ licensing procedures

Project manager: Kallenbach-Herbert, B.
End of project: 12 / 2015

This project aims at evaluating different measures for public participation, including formal measures based on the EIA procedure, which have been applied in recent years in the context of nuclear projects in Baden-Württemberg.…

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Developement and Review of European Nuclear Safety Standards and Requirements with respect to implementation in the German Regulatory System - Benchmarking and Peer Review

Project manager: Pistner, C.
End of project: 09 / 2018

The Physikerbüro Bremen (PhB) is supporting the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) on questions of the state-of-the-art of science and technology concerning specific aspects…

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Investigation of operational experience from nuclear reactors - screening of reportable events

Project manager: Kurth, S.
End of project: 03 / 2018

The systematic evaluation of operational experience provides a basis for maintaining and developing the safety of nuclear reactors. Reportable events in German commercial reactors and research reactors as well as events in foreign…

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Update of the Advisory opinion on the EU-Stresstest results of the nuclear power plant Fessenheim

Project manager: Pistner, C.
End of project: 10 / 2015

In October 2012 the Oeko-Institute analyzed the results of the EU-Stresstest for the nuclear power plant Fessenheim in France with respect to missing or insufficiently addressed safety aspects. In addition, further safety relevant…

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General preliminary examination of the environmental impact of the interim storage projects L567 and L566 of the WAK GmbH

Project manager: Küppers, C.
End of project: 05 / 2015

Several nuclear facilities at the WAK GmbH site are dismanteled and waste management is also carried out for external customers. The WAK GmbH has applied for the construction and operation of two new buildings for temporary storage of…

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Contributions to the experience evaluation of aging management within periodic safety reviews in interim storage facilities for spent fuel and heat generating wastes

Project manager: Neles, J.
End of project: 08 / 2017

In 2014 the advisory commission ESK established a guideline in Nuclear Law requiring periodic safety reviews in interim storage facilities for spent fuel and heat generating wastes. In a previous project Oeko-Institute and GRS…

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Consultancy service for the provision of an independent report on UK waste substitution option price

End of project: 10 / 2015

Expert services in the context of the participation of German communities in the Swiss site selection process

Project manager: Pistner, C. | Kallenbach-Herbert, B.
End of project: 09 / 2018

In June 2006 the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) established the `Expertgroup Swiss Deep Geological Repository` (ESchT). This expertgroup is assigned to answer questions of…

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