Amendment of Nuclear Safety Rules Necessitates Broad Discussion

Berlin, 04.12.2008

The 4th German Atomic Energy Law Days 2008 will take place in Berlin on 4 and 5 December. This will provide approximately 200 participants from universities, expert organisations, politics, nuclear regulatory authorities, the judiciary and nuclear companies with a forum for in-depth discussion of the legal questions surrounding the peaceful use of nuclear energy, including their technical background.

The focus here will be on topics of nuclear waste management and safety requirements for nuclear facilities in the Nuclear Safety Rules. Dr. Walter Hohlefelder, President of the German Atomic Forum, said in his opening address, "Although a discussion about the legal questions surrounding nuclear energy may appear to some to be of minor political importance, in reality, however, these questions conceal - in the truest sense of the word - central pointers for the future." He went on to say, "Operators of nuclear power plants have been complaining for years about the lack of specialist discussion which really lives up to its name."

The President of the German Atomic Forum called for the Federal Ministry for the Environment to enter into a constructive dialogue with the companies operating the nuclear power plants and in connection with this welcomed the EU Commission`s intention to issue a Nuclear Safety Directive.

The factual, legal and political dimension of the final repository question in Germany will be another central topic of discussion; this will also include a presentation and discussion of the relevant procedures followed in the neighbouring country of Switzerland.

German Atomic Forum e. V. (DAtF)

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