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People with hard hats talk.

A new safe confinement is to be installed over the damaged reactor block 4 in Chernobyl to allow the site to be made environmentally safe. During his visit to Chernobyl, State Secretary Flasbarth was impressed by the status of construction works. However, the completion of the project is still not guaranteed as there is a financial gap of 610 million euros that needs to be bridged. mehr

Nuclear power plant

Four years after the natural disaster in Japan, Barbara Hendricks commemorates the many victims and reminds of the devastating consequences of the nuclear accident for human beings, nature and the environment. For the planned phase out of nuclear power until 2022, she called the highest possible safety standards of the remaining nuclear power plants the top priority. more

Two flags waving in the wind.

Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks firmly expects that the French nuclear power plant Fessenheim will be taken offline by 2017 as previously announced. In a letter to Hendricks, French Environment Minister Ségolène Royal confirmed that President Hollande was committed to closing Fessenheim by the end of his term. The legal basis for this is expected to be adopted in the first half of 2015. more

Panoramic view of a castle. A city can be seen in the background.

On 9 February 2015 a diplomatic conference on the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) was held in Vienna. An important outcome of this conference was the adoption of the Vienna Declaration on Nuclear Safety, which is a step in the right direction. The international community has given a further signal to improve the safety of nuclear power plants as a result of the reactor accidents at Fukushima. mehr

View on nuclear power plant Grohnde in the region Emsland.

The first Europe-wide approach to dealing with severe nuclear accidents, developed at the German Environment Ministry’s initiative, was published on 24 November. It provides a standardised scheme for assessing the state of a nuclear facility. 21 experts from 14 countries made recommendations on how to plan for countermeasures to protect the public during the early phase of a severe nuclear accident. more

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