A German expert committee charged with developing criteria for locating a permanent underground disposal site for all types of radioactive waste issued its second status report on Friday. AkEnd was set up in 1999 after the government abandoned plans make the controversial Gorleben site into the national repository (EED 12/02/99).
In a statement also released on Friday the environment ministry pledged a "high degree" of transparency and "appropriate" public involvement in the site selection process. For its part, AkEnd questioned whether this transparency would be "useful" if the ministry's double responsibility for developing a disposal site and ensuring its safety was not addressed. In any event, a final repository is not expected to be completed until 2030.
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