Short information about the Asse II mine

The Asse II mine is located in the district of Wolfenbüttel, Lower Saxony. From 1967 to 1978, around 47,000 cubic metres of low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste were emplaced there on behalf of the federal government. The facility has only been under the purview of nuclear law since 2009. According to current knowledge, the only way to prove the facility’s long-term safety is to retrieve the radioactive waste. Retrieval has been legally mandated since 2013, and the BGE presented its retrieval plan in April 2020.

The pages below provide background information on the facility’s history, the radioactive waste emplaced in it, and the legal mandate for retrieval, as well as the various actors involved and their respective areas of responsibility.

 

Underground: lorries loaded with rock salt and miners. Link to page "History of the Asse II mine"

History

The Asse II mine was constructed on the Asse mountain range for the purpose of extracting potash and rock salt. From 1967 to 1978, around 47,000 cubic metres of low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste were emplaced there.

Geschichte

Die Schachtanlage Asse II wurde zur Kali- und Steinsalzgewinnung auf dem Asse-Höhenzug errichtet. Von 1967 bis 1978 wurden rund 47.000 Kubikmeter schwach- und mittelradioaktive Abfälle eingelagert.

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Underground: an excavator tips barrels onto a pile. Link to page "Radioactive waste in the Asse II mine"

Radioactive waste

Between 1967 and 1978, a total of around 47,000 cubic metres of low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste were emplaced in the mine.

Radioaktive Abfälle

Zwischen 1967 und 1978 wurden insgesamt rund 47.000 Kubikmeter schwach- und mittelradioaktive Abfälle in die Schachtanlage eingelagert.

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A snowy landscape with two large posters of the citizens' initiatives. Link to page "Actors and tasks"

Actors and tasks

The planned retrieval of radioactive waste involves a multitude of actors with different responsibilities. These actors are presented here.
 

Rückholung

Seit 2013 ist die Rückholung der radioaktiven Abfälle aus der Schachtanlage Asse II gesetzlicher Auftrag. Dies ist ein weltweit einmaliges Projekt.

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Akteure und Aufgaben

Im Zuge der geplanten Rückholung der radioaktiven Abfälle gibt es eine Vielzahl von Akteuren mit unterschiedlichen Verantwortlichkeiten. Sie werden hier vorgestellt.

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