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Germany endeavours to achieve additional funding commitments for completing the Chernobyl sarcophagus during its G7 presidency. The additional shelter around the destroyed reactor in Ukraine is to prevent further radiation hazards to people and the environment. However, the financing of the New Safe Confinement is as yet not secured. There is still a funding gap of 615 million euros to complete the project.  more

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Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Environment Ministry Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter has requested information from Switzerland regarding the phasing out of Swiss nuclear power plants. Schwarzelühr-Sutter stated that in light of the concerns of people living in the South Baden region over the safety status of nuclear power plants across the border, there is considerable interest in clarifying Switzerland's phase out plan. more

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At a meeting chaired by Germany, the heads of the nuclear regulatory authorities from France, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Spain, Sweden and the United States discussed measures to improve the safety of nuclear power plants after Fukushima.The agenda also focused on the responsible storage of radioactive waste and how to secure funding for decommissioning and disposal tasks. more

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Three years ago, on 11 March 2011, Japan witnessed the worst earthquake and tsunami in its history, a dreadful natural disaster which left thousands of people dead or injured. The tsunami caused a meltdown in the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant, releasing large amounts of radioactivity with devastating consequences for humans and nature. Japan will be dealing with the consequences of this catastrophe for decades to come. more

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The act governing the selection of a repository site for high-level radioactive waste has been published in the Federal Law Gazette on July 26 and will enter into force July 27. "This is the starting point for an open-ended search for a repository site", stated Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier. He continued that the development of this act proves the success of the fundamental democratic consensus in Germany. mehr

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