Stress Test Confirms Excellent Safety Level of Nuclear Supply and Waste Management in Germany

Berlin, 25.03.2013

The Nuclear Waste Management Commission, an independent advisory body of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), on behalf of the BMU has subjected nuclear facilities and establishments in the supply and waste management chain to a stress test for the first time and has confirmed their excellent safety levels in a statement. Among other things, the following were evaluated:

  • ANF’s fuel assembly fabrication plant in Lingen;
  • Urenco’s uranium enrichment plant in Gronau;
  • the 12 on-site interim storage facilities for higher active waste (Biblis, Brokdorf, Brunsbüttel, Emsland, Grafenrheinfeld, Grohnde, Gundremmingen, Krümmel, Isar, Neckarwestheim, Philippsburg, Unterweser);
  • the Ahaus and Gorleben transport flask storage facilities;
  • the Interim Storage Facility North;
  • the Gorleben pilot conditioning facility;
  • the Karlsruhe reprocessing plant.


This stress test expressly did not evaluate the design requirements tested within the framework of the licensing procedure but rather the robustness of the selected facilities and establishments against impacts that go beyond these requirements.

The Nuclear Waste Management Commission emphasizes in the statement just published that “there is no reason to fear a failure of components or measures that could lead to a sharp increase in the radiological effects outside the facility (cliff edge effect) for any of the facilities and establishments considered in the stress test based on the assumed beyond-design-basis load cases.” The facilities and establishments examined “achieve the highest stress level or, more specifically, the highest level of protection for many assumed load cases.”

Dr. Ralf Güldner, President of DAtF emphasizes, “The current statement by the Nuclear Waste Management Commission impressively confirms the excellent safety level of nuclear facilities in Germany and the exemplary safety culture of their operators and the German supervisory authorities.”

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