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Asse expert workshop: Radiation protection and emergency preparedness on 20 and 21 November 2012

BfS informs about results on 23 November 2012 in Braunschweig

begin 2012.11.23 05:00 PM
end 2012.11.23
location Braunschweig

Public briefing on the results of expert workshop "radiation protection and emergency preparedness" Expert workshop: Radiation protection and emergency preparednessInvitation to public briefing

The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) invites to a public briefing about “Asse mine: Radiation protection and emergency preparedness”. It takes place on Friday, 23 November, at 5 p.m. in the Stadthalle Braunschweig (Congress Saal).

Public briefing on 23 November 2012

At the event, results will be presented of the two-day BfS workshop on the closure of the Asse repository. The workshop takes place on 20 and 21 November in Wolfenbüttel.

Subsequently, citizens will have the opportunity to ask questions. Apart from the BfS and the Asse-GmbH, the Asse-2 Accompanying Group, the Federal Environment Ministry as technical supervisory authority and the Lower Saxon Environment Ministry as licensing authority were invited to the event.

Michael Ahlers of the Braunschweiger Zeitung will be responsible for the moderation.

Expert workshop on 20 and 21 November 2012

The objective of the expert workshop taking place on 20/21 November 2012 is to exchange considerations and expert opinions on the basis of the current status of works about

  • the effectiveness of emergency measures,
  • the approach to retrieval and
  • radiological consequences

in order to continue subsequently the conceptual planning, if possible on the basis of a joint understanding.

For this purpose, all parties affected should be involved as early and intensively as possible.

Subjects for discussion

The BfS wishes to provide all citizens with the opportunity to get an idea of the subjects for discussion during the expert workshop. Therefore, the BfS publishes on the internet the conference documents that were sent to the experts.

  1. Report Asse expert workshop Speeding up retrieval (draft)

    The draft report (in German) summarises the results of the „Asse expert workshop: Speeding up retrieval“ which took place on 24/25 September 2012 in Wolfenbüttel. In detail, an anticipated start of construction of the interim storage facility and early purchasing of the recovery technology were considered to be especially promising in terms of acceleration. Another acceleration option consists of the early completion of new infrastructure rooms near shaft 5. The construction of these new infrastructure rooms could be carried out from the already existing mine and thus parallel to the construction of shaft 5. This could mean that retrieval would start several years earlier as compared to the current general schedule.

  2. Progress report radiation protection during retrieval

    The progress report (in German) is based on the results of the feasibility studies on the retrieval of radioactive waste from the Asse II mine of 2008 and 2009. On the basis of the status that has been achieved in the meantime, the concepts for radiation protection relating to retrieval and emergency preparedness need to be continued.

  3. Draft concept for the calculation of effects on man and environment in the event the waste will remain in the Asse II mine

    The draft concept (in German) describes the works required to demonstrate the consequences to man and environment, should the radioactive waste remain in the Asse II mine. The results serve as necessary technical bases for the justification in the licensing procedures required for retrieval and for the assessment of damage as a result of a non-controllable inflow of saline solution into the mine.

  4. Progress report on the workshop emergency preparedness

    The report (in German) describes the planned measures of emergency preparedness taking into account the continued planning and suggestions of the Asse-GmbH, their effectiveness and possible interactions with the trial phase (fact-finding). Besides, the considerations as to retrieval of the radioactive waste from the Asse II mine were presented.


Stadthalle Braunschweig
38102 Braunschweig
State of 2012.11.12

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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