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Funding of the site selection procedure

The funding of the site selection procedure is based on the “polluter pays” principle: Those who have produced radioactive waste, i.e. the operators of nuclear power plants, are legally required to bear the costs of the search for a repository. The power utilities have provided 24 million euros for this project. The money was transferred into a public-law fund on 1 July 2017. This “Fund for the Financing of Nuclear Waste Management” will manage the money and will ensure that the money is invested securely and profitably.

Funding details are specified in the Site Selection Law (StandAG). The costs incurred in the course of the site selection procedure will be billed to the Fund both by the BfE, who will implement the procedure, and by the BGE (Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung), who acts as the project developer.

The costs that will be billed to the Fund include in particular expenses for:

  • the participation procedure (including the information platform, expert conference on subareas),
  • the identification of subareas and adequate site regions,
  • surface and subsurface exploration,
  • research and development associated with the site selection.

The “Fund for the Financing of Nuclear Waste Management” started work in June 2017 after the European Commission had approved of the “Act on the Organisational Restructuring in the Field of Radioactive Waste Management”. The German Bundestag and Bundesrat had passed the Act in December 2016.
The provisions contained in the Act are based on recommendations submitted by the Commission for the Review of the Financing of the Nuclear Phase-out (KFK). The Commission was tasked with reviewing the question of how the decommissioning and the dismantling of German nuclear power plants and the management of radioactive waste could be funded.

State of 2017.07.04

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