Trittin confirms German nuke waste storage plan

German environment minister Jurgen Trittin has confirmed government plans to build a permanent nuclear waste repository that would begin operation in 2030. Speaking late last week, Mr Trittin said he would unveil a draft law establishing the legal framework for the repository by September 2006. If approved by parliament the law would require a site to be chosen by 2010; no shortlist of potential locations has been issued. Currently German waste is put into temporary storage or shipped to France and the UK for reprocessing. The environment ministry dismissed fears that the repository would be excessively costly (EED 27/01/04). See German environment ministry.

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