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Reportable events

Accidents, incidents or other events significant to nuclear safety must be reported to the competent federal state supervisory authorities by the operator of a nuclear installation. This is based on the Nuclear Safety Officer and Reporting Ordinance (Atomrechtliche Sicherheitsbeauftragten- und Meldeverordnung - AtSMV) of 14 October 1992, as amended on 8 June 2010.

Key objectives and aspects in the application of the reporting procedure according to the Nuclear Safety Officer and Reporting Ordinance are:

  • Providing timely information to the supervisory authority.
  • Early recognition and removal of sources of failure and weak points.
  • Avoiding repetitive errors and preventing the occurrence of similar failures.
  • Standardised application of the procedure in nuclear installations.

In addition to the official German reporting procedure pursuant to the Nuclear Safety Officer and Reporting Ordinance, reportable events are classified by the operators of nuclear installations according to the International Nuclear Event Scale INES of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

INES is used to provide comprehensible information to the general public

  • About the significance of a reportable event with special regard to the safety of the plant, and
  • Whether or not it had any radiological impact on the public or the environment.

The Incident Registration Centre operated by BfE records on behalf of the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Reactor Safety (Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit - BMUB) all reportable events that are reported from the German nuclear installations, and informs the public through regular reporting.

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