The aim of the repository search is to find a site in Germany for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste that offers the best possible safety for one million years. The three-phase search takes place in a science-based, transparent, self-questioning, and learning process.
The Sub-areas Interim Report is the first milestone on the way to a repository for high-level radioactive waste in Germany. It identifies areas in which favourable geological conditions for the safe final disposal of high-level radioactive waste can be expected.
The procedure of the site selection procedure is laid down in the Repository Site Selection Act. The aim of the procedure is to find the best possible site for a repository for radioactive waste, especially heat-generating waste. Full public participation is envisaged.
In Germany, the government is tasked with the final disposal of radioactive waste. Suitable locations have been sought for several decades. However, a repository for especially high-level radioactive waste has not yet been found.