For two years, BUND worked constructively and with considerable engagement with the Bundestag’s Commission on the Storage of Highly Radioactive Nuclear Waste to amend Germany’s current Site Selection Act (Standortauswahlgesetz, StandAG), a piece of legislation that we had criticized strongly. In BUND’s view, the commission report presented in late June 2016 contains a number of sound and important suggestions for improving the current site selection process. However, it also contains central, fundamental flaws that prevent us from endorsing it. Crucial points of the future site search process need to be amended to ensure that the necessary confidence is built. Among the issues BUND criticizes is the lack of clarity with regard to the kind of nuclear waste to be stored. The commission spent more than two years trying to develop criteria and a process to select a repository site for highly radioactive waste for more than two years. It finally proposed integrating radioactive waste from the Asse repository, from uranium enrichment and other nuclear waste not suitable for storage in the Konrad repository into the process as well, but without proposing appropriate criteria or a methodology. BUND also criticizes the lack of legal recourse after the first phase of site selection for above-ground exploration is complete. Furthermore, we consider the commission’s inability to agree on giving up the Gorleben site to be unacceptable. With this brochure, we aim to present the site selection process as it would be according to the commission’s proposal, as well as the specific points of the proposal that we criticize and in which we see room for improvement.
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English summary of the Report of the German Commission on the Storage of High- Level Radioactive Waste.
Nuclear Transparency Watch (accessed) 23rd Feb 2017 read more »