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Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks concluded her tour of Japan by visiting the site of the Fukushima nuclear power plant to learn more about the consequences of the nuclear disaster. Earlier, she had taken part in the G7 meeting in Toyama and held bilateral meetings with the Tamayo Marukawa, Minister of the Environment, and Keiichi Ishii, Minister of Construction. more

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Minister Hendricks' week-long trip will include the G7 Environment Ministers' Meeting on 15 and 16 May in the city of Toyama in west Japan followed by political talks in Tokyo and finally a visit to the destroyed Fukushima reactors on 19 May to learn about work being carried out on the site. more

On 8 May 2016 the comprehensive amendment of the international Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Nuclear Facilities enters into force. In future the Convention, which previously related to the protection of nuclear material during transport, will also apply to nuclear installations. More than one hundred states have now signed the amendment and it can therefore enter into force. more

26 April marks the 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl. Against this background, Barbara Hendricks explained that Germany is a technical pioneer when it comes to decommissioning nuclear power plants. Ukraine and its neighbour Belarus are still suffering the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. She thus called for the German nuclear phase-out to be completed responsibly and safely. more

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In light of comments from the Reactor Safety Commission (RSK) and discussions between German and Belgian nuclear safety experts, Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks has requested that the Belgian Government take the nuclear reactor blocks Tihange 2 and Doel 3 off the grid until unresolved safety issues have been clarified. Hydrogen flakes were found in the reactor pressure vessels of the two nuclear power plants. more