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BfS wants a seismic exploration of the Asse

Measurements shall produce a more detailed knowledge of the mine - Public information event in Remlingen

begin 2010.06.03 07:00 PM
end 2010.06.03
location Remlingen

Next year, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) intends to conduct seismic measurements in the area of the Asse II mine. With the help of 3-D seismic measurements a more detailed knowledge of the mine shall be gained. The measurements will take around three months; results should be available in 2013 at the latest. Preliminary work is currently carried out by Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaftliche Dienste from Leipzig (GGD). In a public information meeting held on 3 June in the Remlingen village community centre, citizens had the opportunity to get extensive information about the project.

Geophones record acoustic waves

Tobias Karp, GGD project manager shows a geophone Tobias Karp, GGD project manager, shows a geophoneTobias Karp, GGD project manager shows a geophone which is used just like a microphone to record acoustic waves

The head of the BfSfield of expertise “Asse decommissioning”, Dirk Laske, and Tobias Karp, GGD project manager, explained the process to an audience of more than 70 people. So-called vibration vehicles generate acoustic waves, which are then recorded with a so-called geophone, which works similar to a microphone.

Using geophysical analysis and modelling will provide the scientists with a three-dimensional picture of the geological structure, which is much more detailed than the two-dimensional measurements, which the former operator carried out in the Asse region. The idea is that with the help of 3-D imagining, the path of saline solutions into the Asse can be determined more accurately.

The seismic data will be collected in an area measuring 18 square kilometres around Wittmar, Mönchevahlberg, Groß Vahlberg, Remlingen and Klein Biewende.

Measuring company must enter premises

In order to collect the data, the measuring company must access premises in the investigated area. Experts must lay measuring cables, install geophones and set up transmitting points. Prior to this, licence/access agreements are signed with the owners. Surveys are carried out before and after the premises were accessed. Generally no damage occurs during the procedure. Should in isolated cases any damages occur, they will be reimbursed.


Remlingen Village Community House
Asseweg 20
38319 Remlingen

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State of 2010.06.04

Transfer of operator responsibilities

On 25 April 2017, the operator responsibilities for the Asse II mine as well as the Konrad and Morsleben repositories were transferred to the Federal Company for Radioactive Waste Disposal (Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung mbH, BGE). Previously, the responsibility for the projects was with the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS). The foundations for the change of operatorship are laid down in the "Act on the Realignment of the Organisational Structures in the Field of Radioactive Waste Disposal", which became effective on 30 July 2016. The BfS focusses on the federal tasks of radiation protection, for example in the field of defence against nuclear hazards, medical research, mobile communication, UV protection or the measuring networks for environmental radioactivity.

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