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German nuclear waste and Geoscience authorities in selection process for nuclear waste dump

Nucnet 28th Aug 2018 , BGE, Germany’s state-owned radioactive waste disposal company, is to
cooperate with the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources
(BGR) on the selection process for a national deep geologic repository
site, BGE said. According to a statement, BGE and BGR, which provides
scientific advice to the government, will also cooperate on the management
of existing waste repositories, including the Asse, Konrad and Morsleben
sites. The agreement will remain valid until the final repository site
selection process is complete, BGE said.
Under the agreement BGR will carry
out R&D on behalf of BGE, the statement said. The Gorleben salt mine in
Lower Saxony, northern Germany, has been under investigation as a potential
final repository site.
A moratorium on the evaluation of Gorleben was
introduced in 2000 by a former Social Democrat and Green Party
administration, but ended in 2010 and exploration at the site was
restarted. However, work was discontinued again at the end of 2012 to allow
for a political compromise on site selection and then ended in July 2013.
The site is being kept open, but secured, and Gorleben will not be excluded
from any new site selection process. BGE was set up in 2016 and is
responsible for finding possible radioactive waste disposal sites in
addition to the existing interim facility at Gorleben.

August 31, 2018 - Posted by | Germany, wastes

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