- Trial Phase: Current Works
- Operation of the mine
- Emergency Preparedness
- Radiation Protection
- Environmental monitoring
- Control and surveillance
- Decommissioning Concept
- Decommissioning Planning
- Plan-approval procedure
Emergency preparedness: Documentation of several years of open discussion about the safety of the Asse mine
The Asse mine is a salt mine which, after having been kept open for decades, is particularly confronted with one problem: The salt rock has become brittle and cracky; experts cannot rule out the mine’s drowning (uncontrollable flooding). And: Experts cannot predict when the emergency will occur – not even whether it would be possible to retrieve the radioactive wastes completely by then.
For this reason, at an early point in time and parallel to all decommissioning work to be carried out, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection took care of all necessary safety measures serving to
- Reduce the emergency risk by stabilisation measures, and
- Minimise the consequences of an emergency by precautionary and emergency measures.
2009: First public event on emergency planning
Already in 2009, after BfS had been designated by law as the responsible operator of the mine, a first concept on emergency preparedness was presented to the public. From the start, all parties involved have agreed that emergency planning is important and necessary.
Again and again, there have been different positions regarding the technical details of implementation and their evaluation. BfS has been in an open dialogue with the Asse II Monitoring Group and the respective technical body, the AGO, and with the licensing and regulatory authorities involved over many years.
Intense discussion and safety demands
When looking at the year-long debate, a contradiction met by all parties involved in the decommissioning procedure needs to be taken into account: An intensive technical and also public exchange is important but also very time-consuming. Time, however, is a factor that is in conflict with a best possible timely implementation of emergency preparedness. BfS as the operator of the Asse mine is responsible for safety.
Due to the long duration of the debate, which makes it difficult to get a good overview, BfS has documented and bundled the exchange of arguments, doubts and positions here. All documents on this topic could and can be viewed.
|Period||What it is about...|
|August 2009||BfS experts inform about emergency preparedness in Remlingen on 20 August 2009.|
|February to November 2010|
|January 2012||Expert workshop on the status of retrieval on 18/19 January 2012. Conclusion: Emergency preparedness is vital to ensure that operation continues for the long time it takes to retrieve the wastes.|
|Februar and March 2012|
|November 2012||Expert workshop on emergency preparedness in Wolfenbüttel on 20/21 November 2012: Experts agree upon the necessity of the measures.|
|January to June 2013|
|July and August 2013|
|July and August 2014|
|September to December 2014|
|February to August 2015|
|August 2016||After the Repository Surveillance unit has consented the currently planned stabilisation measures of BfS under nuclear law, the Federal State Mining Authority gives its approval.|
|September and October 2016|
|November 2016||Expert talk between AGO and BfS with the participation of the constituency office Sigmar Gabriel on 9 November 2016.|
State of 2016.11.09