Intermediate waste facility begins operations in Germany

8 February 2006

An intermediate-level waste (ILW) storage facility at the Brunsbüttel nuclear plant in northern Germany has begun operations.

The facility, located in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, is so far storing one Castor container with 52 spent fuel rods.

Under Germany's nuclear phaseout agreement, spent fuel rods have not been sent abroad for reprocessing from 1 July 2005, requiring the development of on-site storage facilities.

The office for radioactive protection has approved storage of up to 80 Castor containers for up to 40 years at the Brunsbüttel site.

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