Short Information about the Konrad repository

The Konrad repository is located in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony. It is the first repository licensed under nuclear law in Germany, with a licence for the construction and operation of the repository having been in place since 2002. The former iron-ore mine is currently being converted into a repository and will then be used to store up to 303,000 cubic metres of low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste.

 

History

Between 1965 and 1976, Konrad was a mine for the extraction of iron ore. Following ore extraction, its suitability as a repository was assessed in light of its geological situation.

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Radioactive waste

The Konrad repository is licensed for a volume of 303,000 cubic metres of low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste. This waste will be transported to the repository and emplaced once the repository has been commissioned.

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Licensing

Following the initial idea of using the Konrad mine as a repository for low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste, obtaining a license was a lengthy process. In 2007, the decision received final confirmation from a court.

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Archived website of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection

Further information on the Konrad repository from the period prior to 25 April 2017 can be found on the archived website of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection.