Highly radioactive waste will have to be stored at German nuclear power plants for at least the next 50 years due to the lack of a depot to store it permanently, according to the head of a German commission that is considering final storage solutions.
Michael Sailer stressed that “storage of waste in a permanent warehouse would be completed around 2080”.
The last German nuclear power plant is expected to be off-grid by the end of next year. This means that the operational life of 16 temporary warehouses would be exceeded “, stressed Sailer.
“We have 16 intermediate depots in Germany where very radioactive waste is stored. In most of them, the operating license expires in 2045-46 “, stressed the engineer.
Reasonable estimates suggest that it may take about 30 years for all containers to be moved from temporary storage to permanent storage.
“This means that the final preservation will take 2050 to 2080,” Sailer said.
Relevant legislation stipulates that people and the environment must be protected from radiation from the last deposit for one million years.
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