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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

Map of Denmark with red dots marking potential final repository locations

Denmark has presented a plan outlining the search for the location for a final repository for low- and medium-level radioactive waste. The German public and German authorities can submit opinions on the environmental impacts of the plan until 23 January 2015. Participation of the German public in the planning procedure is part of the transboundary strategic environmental assessment. more

atomic power plant with a exclusion zone in front of it.

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

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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