EU Commission: The Provision of Final Repositories is a National Responsibility

Berlin, 03.11.2010

The German Atomic Forum welcomes the submission by the EU Commission of a draft EU directive on the handling and final disposal of radioactive waste. It will set an important political course when implemented into national law and the European Union will obtain a harmonised legal framework for all questions regarding the treatment and final disposal of radioactive waste.

Dr. Ralf Güldner, President of the German Atomic Forum (DAtF) said, "We completely support the aims of the draft directive: Safety is a top priority in nuclear energy and naturally this also applies to the treatment of nuclear waste. In this case, final disposal is a national duty that must now be fulfilled swiftly and with commitment."

The EU Commission´s draft directive highlights yet again that the final disposal of radioactive waste must be clarified without delay and implemented technically in order to fully meet responsibilities towards society and the environment both now and in the future.

Güldner stressed, "Germany could already have been much further on if the political will had been greater in the past. However, we are now on a good course. The salt dome in Gorleben will be explored again without prejudice and the Konrad final disposal facility, which has already been approved, will accept over 90 percent of the total volume of radioactive waste when it is commissioned."

The operators of Germany´s nuclear power plants will continue to meet their responsibilities regarding treatment and final disposal of their radioactive waste and will contribute constructively in a manner that invites dialogue to the clarification of any unresolved questions.

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