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At the meeting on Belgian nuclear power plants Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks and Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Security and Home Affairs responsible for nuclear safety, Jan Jambon, and Minister of Environment Marie Christine Marghem agreed that both countries want to strengthen their cooperation in questions of nuclear safety and set up an agreement on a permanent basis. more

The Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plant has been taken off the grid and permanently decommissioned. Since the Grafenrheinfeld plant  has been shut down, there are now eight nuclear power plants in operation. Block B in Gundremmingen is next on the list and is due to be shut down by 31 December 2017 at the latest. All nuclear power stations must be taken off the grid by the end of 2022. more

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As proposed by Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, the German cabinet adopted a draft 14th act amending the Atomic Energy Act today.
This draft act is limited to regulations required for implementing the provisions of an EU directive into national law. It does not pre-empt further discussions in the Bundestag commission on the storage of highly radioactive waste. more

Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks welcomed the outcome of the pledging conference on 29 April for replenishing the Chernobyl Shelter Fund. The G7 countries and the EU Commission committed to paying an additional 165 million euros into the Fund. Other countries pledged a further 15 million euros. In addition, other countries expressed their willingness to make contributions in the future. more

Germany is currently preparing a Programme for the Responsible and Safe Management of Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste (National Programme). The BMUB conducts a Strategic Environmental Assessment regarding the Draft National Programme. Authorities and the public from neighbouring countries have the opportunity to comment on the National Programme and its environmental report until the 24th June 2015. more