- Nuclear installations in Germany
- Safety in nuclear energy
- Legal bases
- Licensing and supervision
- Safety philosophy
- Precautions and emergency response
- National committees
- International co-operation
- Reportable events
- Reporting procedure
- Incident registration centre
- International Nuclear Event Scale (INES)
- Reportable events in nuclear installations
- Reports on reportable events
- Shutdown and decommissioning
- Nuclear accidents
- What is nuclear waste management?
- Design approvals of transport packages
- Interim storage facilities
- What are interim storage facilities?
- Licensing of interim storage facilities for nuclear fuels
- Central interim storage facilities
- Decentralised interim storage facilities
- Interim storage facilities for radioactive waste with negligible heat generation
- Federal custody of nuclear fuels
- What is nuclear waste management?
- Foundation and development
- President of the BfE
- Laws and regulations
- Frequently applied legal provisions
- Handbook nuclear safety and radiation protection
- 1A Nuclear and radiation protection law
- 1B Other laws
- 1C Transport law
- 1D Bilateral agreements
- 1E Multilateral agreements
- 1F EU law
- 2 General administrative provisions
- 3 Announcements of the BMU and the formerly competent BMI
- 4 Relevant provisions and recommendations
- 5 Nuclear Safety Standards Commission (KTA)
- 6 Key committees
- Annex to the NS Handbook
- A 1 English translations of laws and regulations
- Dose coefficients to calculate radiation exposure
- Legal Basis
- BfE Topics in the Bundestag
The BfE introduces itself
- The Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management (BfE) is the federal regulatory and supervisory authority for radioactive waste disposal and the handling and transport of radioactive wastes.
- The tasks of the BfE are laid down in the Atomic Energy Act.
- In order to successfully manage the manifold and interdisciplinary tasks, employees with different specialist skills and knowledge work at the BfE.
The Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management (BfE) is the federal regulatory and supervisory authority for radioactive waste disposal and the handling and transport of radioactive wastes. The BfE supports the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety in issues relating to radioactive waste management and nuclear safety.
The BfE was founded in 2014. It is headquartered in Berlin. Further locations are in Salzgitter and Bonn.
What are the tasks of the BfE?
The tasks of the BfE are laid down in the Atomic Energy Act. They include
- The regulation of the site selection procedure for a repository especially for high-level radioactive wastes and the co-ordination of the associated public participation that has to be organised,
- Nuclear licences for interim storage facilities and transports of nuclear fuels,
- Procedures under mining, water and nuclear law relating to radioactive waste disposal,
- Issues related to the safety of nuclear waste management, and
- Task-related research in these areas.
Repository site selection procedure: Control, public participation and federal supervision
The BfE co-ordinates, controls and supervises the search for a repository for high-level radioactive wastes. Its responsibility is to create bases and boundary conditions for public participation. The tasks have been laid down in the Repository Site Selection Act (Standortauswahlgesetz (StandAG) and comprise
- The determination of exploration programmes for surface and underground explorations on the basis of proposals from the Federal Company for Radioactive Waste Disposal (Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung (BGE),
- Examinations as to whether the repository site selection procedure and the exploration are carried out in compliance with the requirements of the Repository Site Selection Act,
- Information of the public about the stage of the search procedure,
- Organisation and co-ordination of the participation procedure relating to the search for a site,
- Proposal for a site for a repository for high-level radioactive wastes.
Licensing of transports and interim storage facilities
According to nuclear law, the Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management is responsible for the licensing of
- Transports of spent fuel elements from the operation of nuclear power plants or radioactive residues from reprocessing (so-called CASTOR transports),
- Transports of large sources (apart from fuel rods, radioactive substances exceeding a certain activity level), and
- Interim storage facilities for high-level radioactive wastes.
Supervision of the Konrad repository, the Morsleben repository and the Asse mine
As the nuclear regulatory body, the BfE supervises and controls the Konrad and Morsleben repositories and the Asse mine. It examines whether the nuclear safety regulations are complied with in the operation, decommission and plan-approval procedure.
Who works at the BfE?
In order to successfully manage the manifold and interdisciplinary tasks, employees with different specialist skills and knowledge work at the BfE, including
- Legal practitioners,
- Business economists,
- Political, social and communication scientists.
State of 2017.02.15