Parliament green-lights law on nuclear repository search
Germany’s parliament has approved legslation to authorise a search for a permanent nuclear waste storage site, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. The search will be conducted across the country and is meant to find a solution by 2031, the newspaper writes. The repository theoretically must provide a safe storage site for radioactive waste for a million years, it says.
“More than 30,000 generations will be affected by a nuclear technology that we’ve only used for 60 years,” environment minister Barbara Hendricks said in a speech preceding the decision in parliament, the environment ministry (BMUB) said in transcript of Hendricks's speech. These figures "make abundantly clear how much of a wrong path the use of nuclear energy was," Hendricks added.
Find the transcripts of Hendricks's speech in German here.
For background, see the CLEW factsheet What to do with the nuclear waste – the storage question.