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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.

Bundesamt für kerntechnische Entsorgungssicherheit

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

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

  • Engineers,
  • Physicists,
  • Geoscientists,
  • Legal practitioners,
  • Business economists,
  • Political, social and communication scientists.
State of 2017.02.15

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