The German Atomic Forum welcomes the fact that, with the publication of a draft on the National Waste Management Program, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) is presenting a holistic overview from its point of view on the management of radioactive waste materials. This means that it will now be possible to meet this requirement of the European Union’s Waste Directive (2011/70/EURATOM) in Germany.
The BMUB emphasizes the state’s unequivocal responsibility to provide final repositories. The operators of nuclear power plants in Germany acknowledge their share of responsibility for waste management which includes, among other things, to bear the costs to the necessary extent.
A clear outlook, stable basic conditions and efficient processes are required if progress on ultimate waste disposal is to be achieved in Germany. According to Dr. Ralf Güldner, President of the German Atomic Forum, “The National Waste Management Program can contribute to greater planning security for nuclear waste disposal in Germany.”