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Asse: Caught between interests, responsibility and action

Information event of the Federal Environment Ministry, BfS and Asse GmbH on the decommissioning of the Asse mine

begin 2016.11.29
end 2016.11.29
location Media house of Braunschweiger Zeitungsverlag

It is often like trying to square the circle: On the one hand there is need for action – the radioactive wastes should be recovered as soon as possible. Because it cannot be ruled out that the Asse mine will drown. On the other hand, that is the reason why the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) as responsible operator must secure the mine, which costs time and is considered by some people contradictive to the planning of retrieval.

Combining these high demands and different interests is not only ambitious but has also a formative influence on the discussions between all actors involved in the decommissioning of the Asse mine: Whether in the debates about the planned Asse interim storage facility, emergency planning or the construction of the recovery shaft.

In what tension field the Asse project is caught was discussed on 29 November 2016 by

  • Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Environment Ministry,
  • Wolfram König, President of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection, as well as
  • Hans-Albert Lennartz, commercial manager of Asse-GmbH.


Medienhaus des Braunschweiger Zeitungsverlages
Hintern Brüdern 23
38100 Braunschweig
State of 2016.11.23

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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