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For the first time since the 2011 decision to phase out nuclear power in Germany, a nuclear power plant (NPP) has been granted a licence for decommissioning and dismantling. Work on NPP Isar 1 can now get underway. Phase 1 of dismantling will be completed by 2023, phase 2 by 2026. The NPP site is only expected to be released from the scope of application of the Atomic Energy Act in around 2040. more

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Germany and Belgium want to improve exchange of information on nuclear power plants. Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks and Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Jan Jambon signed a bilateral agreement to this effect following around ten months of negotiations. The first meeting of the German-Belgian expert commission will take place in 2017 and plans for the meeting are already underway. more

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At the International Conference on Nuclear Security on 5 December, the German government pressed for the global strengthening of protection against terrorist attacks with nuclear material. Since broadening the scope of the International Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, the next step must be to establish an internationally binding framework for other radioactive materials as well. more

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Upon the completion of the New Safe Confinement for the destroyed reactor block 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Barbara Hendricks called the confinement a sombre reminder of the incalculable consequences of nuclear disaster. The architects, engineers and builders involved deserve respect for their unparalleled technical achievement. Nonetheless, the new structure does not solve all of Chernobyl's problems. more

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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