German regulators approve lower level disposal plan

The German Cabinet has accepted their environment ministry’s plan to dispose of 800,000m³ of low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste at Konrad Mine.  However, they did not approve an extension of the mine to also hold high level waste (HLW), necessitating the location of another disposal site for HLW.  This is not expected to be achieved before 2031 and disposal will not start before 2050; thus requiring nearly three decades of HLW storage from Germany’s prematurely decommissioned nuclear power stations.

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