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Wolfram König - President of the Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management (BfE)

Wolfram König, President of the Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management Wolfram KönigWolfram König, President of the Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management

Wolfram König, who is a recognised expert for safety and final disposal, heads the newly-founded federal authority, the Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management (BfE).

Previously, Mr. König was the President of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS). In addition to dealing with the topic of radiation protection, BfS was the operator of the Gorleben exploration mine and was responsible for the repository and decommissioning projects Konrad, Asse and Morsleben.

Drawing from his experience as operator Mr. König promoted from the very beginning an open site selection procedure that would be based on clear scientific criteria and would involve the public. Mr. König suggested to reorganise the participating public authorities with regard to the search process. He included the BfS, his own federal office, in this reorganisation procedure.

The new structures, approved by the German parliament with a large majority, create more transparency and clarity for the population. The duplication of structures will be avoided and the restructuring offers a solid foundation for the forthcoming socio-political challenge – the search for a repository for high-level radioactive waste.

Wolfram König studied urban development and architecture at university. In his studies, he focused on the planning of environmental measures. He used his expertise to establish an environmental bureau. Later he returned to Kassel University, where he worked as the deputy general manager of the research centre Wissenschaftliches Zentrum “Mensch-Umwelt-Technik”.

In his position as state secretary at the Ministry for the Environment of Saxony-Anhalt, which is the competent licensing authority for the Morsleben repository, his most important mission was to finally terminate the emplacement of radioactive waste in this repository near the former inner-German border.

Structure of the BfE

State of 2017.10.12

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