Arens, R.; Seitz, B.; Wille, J.
The population of the Oberpfalz have passed through a hard school: Destruction of 120 hectares of forest, massive employment and constant presence of police forces, a policy of intimidation and political propaganda, even supported by courts, have changed their life profoundly and have taught them to be on the alert. The social incompatibility of the large industrial project of the Wackersdorf fuel reprocessing plant is as plain as anything already at this state - not to speak of the future events, when operation of the planned installation will bring the hazards of radioactive emissions. The book in hand portrays the people in this area by presenting their thoughts, their feelings, and their arguments about the issue at stake in order to show the other side as well, since the public media so far only presented a biased view: supporters of the nuclear regime, or stone throwing 'chaotics'. (orig.) [de
The article is intended to show the strategy adopted by the Bavarian government in order to push through and realize the Wackersdorf reprocessing plant despite all the contradictions involved. The idea that is at stake for the DWK and the Bavarian government is to show that the waste resulting from nuclear power plant operation can be disposed of, and this is to be demonstrated in order to get the permits for further operation of existing power plants, and for installing new reactors. The legal problems of the reprocessing project at Wackersdorf have been tackled swiftly by accelerating the licensing procedure by means of amendments of laws and by a strategy that criminalizes and suppresses any resistance against the Wackersdorf project on the part of the citizens. The author's conclusion after reviewing the current situation is that the Bavarian government is prepared to abandon constitutional principles in order to enforce its own plans. (HSCH) [de
Hoehlein, G.; Huppert, K.L.; Winter, M.
The Wiederaufarbeitungsanlage Karlsruhe (WAK) serves as a demonstration plant for the processing of highly-irradiated uranous oxide. The high active waste concentrates find interim storage at the WAK until they are solidified at a later stage. In contrast to this, the slightly- and the medium-active liquid wastes are transported to the decontamination facility of the Nuclear Research Centre Karlsruhe, where they are immediately processed. These liquid wastes contain about 1 per thousand of the activity inventary of the fuel elements processed. Monitoring of the radioactive waste water of the WAK is carried out by the Nuclear Research Centre's department radiation protection and safety. (orig.) [de
Gasteiger, R.; Matter, J.
The paper abstracted gives a detailed account of the particular design characteristics of the Wackersdorf reprocessing plant (WAW). It deals with the activity inventory, energy density, pressure and temperatures in components, control requirements, fire and explosion risks inside the cells, explosions inside components and the inventory of dispersing or volatile substances. Based on the negligible potential WAW risks and the overall effectiveness of inherently safe safety measures and safety devices the authors conclude that the Wackersdorf reprocessing plant meets the requirements of the atomic energy law in all respects and does not involve any risks for man and the environment. (HSCH) [de
For a more systematic discussion about the fuel reprocessing plant at Wackersdorf, the colloquium tried to cover the most important questions put forward in the controversies: economic efficiency and energy-political needs; safety and ecological repercussions; inner safety and consequences for basic rights and the regional economic structure; majority decisions and participation of the population of the region. Elements of evaluation are the conservation of resources, health, economic efficiency, and citizens' rights of liberty. The related basic ethical questions are considered. The 18 contributions are individually recorded in the data base. (DG) [de
Following the decision of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany to construct a fuel reprocessing plant (in the wider context of organising radioactive waste disposal) at Wackersdorf, 130 km from the Austrian border, actions were brought against the German constructor before Austrian and German courts. The author describes the mechanisms governing administrative procedures in both countries and their connection with public international law. He analyses the legal argumentations developed before the different courts as well as the debate on the concept of territoriality and border installations (NEA) [fr
Arens, R; Seitz, B; Wille, J
The population of the Oberpfalz have passed through a hard school: Destruction of 120 hectares of forest, massive employment and constant presence of police forces, a policy of intimidation and political propaganda, even supported by courts, have changed their life profoundly and have taught them to be on the alert. The social incompatibility of the large industrial project of the Wackersdorf fuel reprocessing plant is as plain as anything already at this state - not to speak of the future events, when operation of the planned installation will bring the hazards of radioactive emissions. The book in hand portrays the people in this area by presenting their thoughts, their feelings, and their arguments about the issue at stake in order to show the other side as well, since the public media so far only presented a biased view: supporters of the nuclear regime, or stone throwing 'chaotics'.
BV Art. 11, para. 2; BBauG section 12 (Federal Building Law). Art.11, para. 2 BV does not require that local development planning for a reprocessing plant should take into consideration the effects on neighbouring municipalities as a result of post-construction activities, in this case the transport of radioactive material via certain routes. Such supra-regional aspects go beyond the planning basis of a local government. These are the headnotes of a decision by the Bavarian Higher Administrative Court (BayVerfGH, 29.4.1987 - Vf. 5 - VII - 86). The issue of the proceedings commenced by a collective action is the question whether an area development plan for the purpose of erecting the Wackersdorf reprocessing plant infringes the constitutional rights of the town of Nuernberg due to the fact that after commissioning of the plant, radioactive material will be transported to and from the plant, and the envisaged route for the transports leads through the urban area. (orig./HP) [de
The decision deals with the refusing of an application to establish a parliamentary investigation committee concerning to the reprocessing plant Wackersdorf. Pursuant to Art. 25 para. 1 of the Bavarian Constitution especially the principle of separation of powers (Art. 5 Bavarian Constitution) and the rule of law (Art. 3 para. 1 Bavarian Constitution) have to be regarded, according to which the central part of the executive power is not subject to parliamentary control.
The decision deals with the refusing of an application to establish a parliamentary investigation committee concerning to the reprocessing plant Wackersdorf. Pursuant to Art. 25 para. 1 of the Bavarian Constitution especially the principle of separation of powers (Art. 5 Bavarian Constitution) and the rule of law (Art. 3 para. 1 Bavarian Constitution) have to be regarded, according to which the central part of the executive power is not subject to parliamentary control. (WG) [de
The DWK is now planning the construction and operation of a facility for the reprocessing of spent fuel elements and the fabrication of mixed-oxide fuel elements which will initially have an average daily throughput of 2 tons (t) of nuclear fuel. The application required by the Atomic Law was submitted to the Bavarian State Ministry for State Development and Environmental Matters on October 28, 1982. According to Par. 3, Section 1, No. 1 of the Atomic Law Procedural Ordinance such an application for permission in accordance with par. 7 AtL must explicitly be accompanied by a safety report which shall make it possible for third parties to make a judgment whether the impacts associated with the facility and its operation could damage their rights. The safety report is intended to present and explain the concept of the facility, the safety-technological design bases, and the operation of the plant, including its operation and safety systems and the impacts and proposed preventive measures. In addition to the detailed presentations in the safety report, Par. 3 of the Atomic Law Procedural Ordinance also requires a brief description of the plant designed for general public understanding, suitable for the design, which will also explain the expected impacts on the general environment and the surrounding area. Hence the brief description presents and explains the following matters: the site; the technology and state of the art for reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel; the structure and function of the proposed facility; safety provisions of the proposed facility and the management of perturbations in operation; the impacts of the facility and its operation on the environment; measures to be taken for dealing with the radioactive wastes; and provisions for ultimate shut-down of the facility
Leister, P.; Schroeder, G.; Boehme, G.
The FEMO technique represents a plant concept which makes it possible to carry out the repair of high and medium activity wet chemical stages of the process by remote handling without direct access by staff. For this purpose, the apparatus of this step of the process is arranged modularly in large cells, so that movable large handling devices such as cranes and manipulator systems can replace process components subject to wear via the process modules. The machine room of the former coal-fired power station Heyden I at Lahde was, after removal of the turbines and generators, converted to a hall in which the following test areas were accommodated: FEMO cell section with 10 positions for module, cell wall mock-up and wall penetration, module mounting area, module measuring position, workplace for service area, training position, welding position and FEMO control position. (orig./HP) [de
The article discusses a provisional order issued by the 22nd senate of the Munich Higher Administrative Court on December 19, 1985 in accordance with section 47 VII VwGO (Rules of Administrative Courts), and a decision by the same senate on a voidance petition, taken on January 29, 1988, which however is not final due to a notice of appeal. The problematic items discussed include the consideration of interests not specific to constructional planning in the planning procedure according to construction planning laws, the significance of the amendment of 1976 of the Federal Building Act, the obligation to settle conflicts, the definition of scope and limits of this obligation, as well as the planning-related requirements set by the construction planning law fo nuclear installations. (RST) [de
The investigation cerves an area of 58.5 km 2 . It is a locally important groundwater reservoir with numerous fountains and waterworks. The investigations were conducted in the unsaturated zone and in the topmost ground-water horizon in the chalky layers. Emphasis is laid on questions of infiltration and groundwater dynamics. The hydrological situation is covered in its entirety, and basic data are collected from field and laboratory tests. (DG) [de
Full text of the first partial licence for the WAA, allowing erection of the following buildings or structures: External fence; guardhouse 1, i.e. the building and the ground connection system with lightning protection system, the fire alarm system and mobile fire-fighting systems; the fuel receiving station, including building and operation systems; excavation work for the main reprocessing building. (HP) [de
Bischoff, J.; Brunner, E.; Janssen, K.H.; Pokatzky, K.; Sontheimer, M.; Stock, U.; Thym, R.; Ziegler, U.E.
The Chernobyl accident has re-stimulated the nuclear controversy in West Germany. On 7 June alone, tens of thousands demonstrated for the decommissioning of all nuclear power plants. State and police reacted with unprecedented harshness: Bans on demonstrations, blocking of the Autobahn, gas attacks, mass arrests were directed against the great majority of peaceful demonstraters as well as against militant groups.
Preliminary statement concerning the expert opinion and other documents relating to the Wackersdorf fuel reprocessing plant, laid open between June 18 and July 15, 1985 by the Bavarian Ministry of State for Regional Development and Environmental Affairs
The conclusion drawn in the statement is that the expert opinions and documents available do not justify the granting of a first partial licence for the erection of the fuel reprocessing plant. Such a first partial licence would include the site approval, the outline design approval, and part-construction permits, in this case for instance for the fuel element receiving store. The site approval would be a premature decision according to this statement, as some decisive expert opinions (on meteorological, hydrological, and radioecological site conditions) are not yet completed. The documents available for evaluation of the design concept are said to have been insufficient in many regards, so that all the authors can state at the present time is that 'there may be technically feasible solutions by now'. This is judged to be an insufficient basis for an outline design approval in accordance with the Atomic Energy Act. The reasons brought forward against licensing the fuel element receiving store are similar. For lack of appropriate documents, the authors of the statement found themselves unable to assess the safety of a major component, the fuel element storage tank. (orig./HSCH) [de
The author has the opinion, a plebiscite means only a limited enlargement of democracy. The plebiscite should be formed out as a right of veto, which prohibits concrete political measures of the government or legal projects (Kalkar, Wackersdorf). The winning of time to continue the discussion is an advantage. Finally a general change of consciousness is possible. (CW) [de
Cameron, P.; Harcher, L.
This work examines the legal issues surrounding the possibility of accidents at nuclear installations in Europe. Contents include: Regulations and control by international organizations in the context of a nuclear accident; The role of Euratom; Border installations: the interaction of administrative, European community and public international law; and Border installations: the experience of Wackersdorf. Concepts of nuclear liability and the liability of suppliers to nuclear power plants are discussed
Contains contributions of basic character about radioactivity, measurement of radioactivity, the fuel cycle, the temporal evolution of radiation burden, fuel reprocessing plants and limit values. Further there are a food adviser, an estimation of risk from food, and a cesium map for Austria from August 1986. Finally there are contributions about Wackersdorf in West Germany, Temelin in Czechoslovakia and on energy policy. The contributions are not connected with particular authors. 10 refs., 29 figs., 11 tabs. (qui).
There a first group of several contributions on basic know-ledge about radioactivity such as: a primer of nuclear physics, doses, reactor types, measuring instruments. The second group is concerned with the Chernobyl accident, the spread of contamination and tips for reducing the personal radiation burden. The third group is concerned with the Wackersdorf reprocessing plant and the energy policy sparing nuclear energy. No specific author names are given for the particular contributions. 16 refs., 32 figs., 16 tabs. (qui).
Dietrich, H.; Gomoll, H.; Lins, H.
The Juelich incineration process is a two stage controlled air incineration process which has been developed for efficient volume reduction of dry burnable waste of various kinds arising at nuclear facilities. It has also been applied to non nuclear industrial and hospital waste incineration and has recently been selected for the new German Fuel Reprocessing Plant under construction in Wackersdorf, Bavaria, in a modified design
The report contains 28 lectures on reprocessing mainly LWR and also FBR fuel and on the treatment of waste concentrates from the PUREX process. They were recorded separately for the databases INIS and ENERGY. The lectures reflect the state of development with reference to the large 350 t/year reprocessing plant at Wackersdorf in West Germany, for which the first part authorisation for erection was granted by the appropriate authorities. (RB) [de
Some general outstanding results of the conference are presented as stimuli to promote public discussion about the pro and con of the fuel reprocessing plant at Wackersdorf: 1) economic efficiency and energy-political needs; 2) safety and ecological repercussions, 3) inner safety and consequences for basic rights; 4) effects on the regional economic structure during the construction of the plant and its operation; 5) majority decisions and participation of the population of the region; 6) ethical dimensions and evaluation criteria. (HP) [de
In chronological order the leaflet abstracted points out the essential data of German radioactive waste management. The data reach from December 1951 with EBR I (Idaho/USA) being the first one to feed electric power to the distribution grid to February 1985 known as the date of the submission of building applications for the first partial license of the Wackersdorf reprocessing plant. (HSCH) [de
Dvorak, A.; Messer, K.
The duty of operators of nuclear installations to take care of radioactive waste management is regulated in paragraph 9a Atomic Energy Act, the prime principle of which is the reprocessing of radioactive waste. The reprocessing plant in Wackersdorf having been given up, long-term waste management of German nuclear power plants is assured by European reprocessing plants. The costs are covered as well. (DG) [de
Derelict radioactivity in Rhineland-Palatinate: A first report; Herrenlose Radioaktivitaet in Rheinland-Pfalz. Ein erster Bericht ueber das Ausmass, die Massnahmen und die Folgen fuer die Behoerden und den Strahlenschutz
Steiner, J. [Landesamt fuer Umweltschutz und Gewerbeaufsicht Rheinland-Pfalz, Mainz (Germany)
Following of theft of a radioactive source and radioactively contaminated material from the Reprocessing Plant Karlsruhe (WAK), persons, flats and vehicles in the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate were grossly contaminated. The article gives quantitative information about kind and height of the contaminations and describes the actions, measurements and measures taken by the radiation protection staff members in this extraordinary case. (orig.) [German] Nach dem Diebstahl einer Strahlenquelle und von kontaminiertem Material aus der Wiederaufarbeitungsanlage Karlsruhe (WAK) wurden im Bundesland Rheinland-Pfalz Personen, Wohnungen und Fahrzeuge stark kontaminiert. Der Aufsatz gibt zahlmaessige Angaben ueber die Art und Hoehe der Kontaminationen und beschreibt die Vorgehensweise bei den Messungen und die Massnahmen, die vom Strahlenschutz in diesem aussergewoehnlichen Fall getroffen werden mussten. (orig.)
Riedel, H.J.; Ullrich, W.
In order to define a representative waste composition for the experimental tests, the different streams of tritiated waste water which are expected to arise from the operation of the Wackersdorf reprocessing plant were identified as well as their chemical and radiochemical composition. Results obtained by pretreatment applying distillation and the decontamination factors thus achieved will be presented, as well as data concerning the effects of the remaining contaminations in the distillate on the solid-polymer electrode and the generated hydrogen and oxygen flow of the electrolyser used operating in a neutral solution. Additional investigations were performed using a TELEDYNE electrolyzer which operates in an alkaline solution
The Kerntechnische Gesellschaft e.V. and the Deutsches Atomforum e.V. jointly organized the traditional annual conference 'Nuclear Technology' in the Duesseldorf Messe-Congress-Center from 9th to 11th May, 1989. It took place at a time which is characterized by unbroken uncertainty about the future of the THTR, the Wackersdorf reprocessing plant, the significance of scenarios for abandoning nuclear energy and about the economic effects of the European Single Market which will become effective by 1992. Numerous papers and discussions reflected the yet unsolved problem of acceptance. (orig.) [de
The Institute for Hot Atom Chemistry is concerned with R and D tasks in nuclear fuel reprocessing. The aim is to optimize reprocessing technology with a view to safety and economic efficiency. Work is carried out within the framework of the projects reprocessing and waste management, and fast breeder in contact with WAK. The Institute increasingly carries out work within the framework of the project pollution abatement in the environment; the emphasis lies on dioxin chemistry. After the Wackersdorf task, subjects of waste management, in particular special wastes, have been added. (orig.) [de
The report contains all lectures on the present state of the R+D work which were delivered on the occasion of the 7th seminar on the present state of the Reprocessing and Waste Treatment Project in the Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Centre on 15/16 March 1988. The project is aimed at improving methods for nuclear waste disposal with regard to the German reprocessing plant for light-water reactor fuels currently under construction in Wackersdorf. The individual contributions were separately adapted for the INIS and EDB data banks. (RB) [de
6 lectures at this seminar describe and evaluate the results of the research and development work on low temperature krypton separation from the waste gas of the reprocessing of nuclear fuels. They are used for making decisions for the process to be used in the future on a large scale at the Wackersdorf reprocessing plant. 2 further lectures deal with alternatives to this process, which were also developed: the freon washing and low temperature adsorption of krypton. All the lectures were included separately in the INIS and ENERGY databases. (RB) [de
The importance of the Chernobyl accidents for the antiatomic movement and nuclear power in Austria and other European countries is outlined. In the same number there several other very short contributions (without authors) whose content is indicated by the headings: The mentality of the proponents (of nuclear power). The callousness of the proponents. The feigned play of the atomic lobby shocks the Austrian public. West Germany on the march to an atomic state. First success against Wackersdorf (fuel reprocessing plant in West Germany). Temelin -the czechoslovakian Chernobyl/Cattenom- on the Austrian border. 5 figs., 1 tab. (qui)
Strauss, F J
On the annual meeting of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Regionaler Energieversorgungsunternehmen in Munich (April 28-29) the Prime Minister of Bavaria Franz Josef Strauss was speaking about Bavarian energy policy as stretching from Kahl to the planned Wackersdorf reprocessing plant. Neither did he fail to mention the intended increase of the coal rate nor to express his opinion on the Ukrainian reactor accident. Besides, Strauss expressed his wish of returning to a harmonic basic energy policy which will look after the interests of man and the environment and will help to arrive at a consensus free from all ideology which is the basis of our conditions of life and future social security.
Wackersdorf and Gorleben, these are two major stations on the way into the nuclear state. But resistance is gaining strength. More and more people - and not only from affected areas - refuse to accept a development that is a threat to their health, their home, and democracy. Various Christian groups, supported by local citizens' initiatives, have organised a nine-week protest march through the Federal Republic of Germany, intended as a parallel to the 'way of the Cross', uttering protest against the nuclear threat and concern about creation at every station on the way from the site of the planned nuclear waste reprocessing plant at Wackersdorf in Bavaria to the site of the waste repository at Gorleben in Lower Saxony, making a route of more than 900 kilometers. The author of the book describes the experiences of the marching people, their hopes and their fears. His report explains how traditionally minded, conservative people of the Oberpfalz region became self-conscious, alert, disobedient citizens who no longer trust in the policy of appeasement, and how brutal police actions destroyed their trust in justice and the rule of law. The author presents the feeling of the citizens in their own words, and reports in a separate chapter about the documentation film 'Spaltprozesse' which shows the development and events that made even convinced CSU adherents change their mind and develop in them a different understanding of the political situation. Another chapter deals with the well-known Robert Jungk and the legal proceedings commenced against him. (orig.) [de
Beer, O.; Schlosser, G.; Spielvogel, F.
The Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) decided to close the fuel cycle by erecting the reprocessing plant WA350 at Wackersdorf. As long as the plutonium supply from reprocessing plants exceeds the plutonium demand of fast breeder reactors, recycling of plutonium in LWR's is a convenient solution by which a significant advanced uranium utilization is achieved. The demonstration of plutonium recycling performed to date in the FRG in BWR's and PWR's shows that thermal plutonium recycling on an industrial scale is feasible and that the usual levels of reliability and safety can be achieved in reactor operation. The recycling of reprocessed uranium is presently demonstrated in the FRG, too. As regards fuel cycle economy thermal recycling allows savings in natural uranium and separative work. Already under present cost conditions the fuel cycle costs for mixed oxide or enriched reprocessed uranium fuel assemblies are equal or even lower than for usual uranium fuel assemblies
The decision to discontinue construction of the Wackersdorf waste reprocessing plant has been an item of public interest for only a short period; even supporters of nuclear power seemed to have been just relieved that this controversial project was off the agenda, and done with. So only little was to be heard from experts about the facts, background, and consequences of this decision. The author of the article in hand is head of the Hot Chemistry Institute of the Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Centre and therefore has been a leading scientist in the development of reprocessing technology. He presents from his point of view the facts and reasons leading to the decision, and explains the possible consequences for the F.R.G. (orig./RB) [de
In the opinion of the RWE Electric Utility, business and national reasons clearly outrule a complete shut-off of RWE's nuclear power plants as long as the Federal German energy policy relies on the consensus between coal and nuclear power. Safety of supplies is a principle also adding to this argument. As to the fast breeder reactor SNR 300 in Kalkar, or the planned Wackersdorf nuclear fuel reprocessing plant, the RWE official puts forward legal reasons prohibiting discontinance of the projects, stating that RWE as an electric utility cannot move beyond the framework of the official energy policy set by the legislature. There are various overall economic and business reasons that advise the RWE management not to got it alone in nuclear power phase out. (HSCH) [de
In the current situation where the controversial debate in public about the further use or even enhancement of use of nuclear energy is carried on with ever growing vehemence and arguments lost in the flood of less transparent motivations, clear and down-to-earth information and sensible, convincing argumentation is badly needed. In his book the Professor of Systematic Theology at Marburg University tries to elaborate sensible answers to the puzzling questions, and to indicate ways and means of using one's own discernment. The problems involved are discussed under the following headings: Christian faith and political responsibility - Pros and cons of establishing the nuclear fuel reprocessing plant at Wackersdorf - Nuclear power seen from the point of view of economy and ecology - Nuclear power after Chernobyl - Energy policy concepts and their validation - The nuclear controversy as a challenge to political culture - The church and political culture. A documentation is given in an annex.
In the current situation where the controversial debate in public about the further use or even enhancement of use of nuclear energy is carried on with ever growing vehemence and arguments lost in the flood of less transparent motivations, clear and down-to-earth information and sensible, convincing argumentation is badly needed. In his book the Professor of Systematic Theology at Marburg University tries to elaborate sensible answers to the puzzling questions, and to indicate ways and means of using one's own discernment. The problems involved are discussed under the following headings: Christian faith and political responsibility - Pros and cons of establishing the nuclear fuel reprocessing plant at Wackersdorf - Nuclear power seen from the point of view of economy and ecology - Nuclear power after Chernobyl - Energy policy concepts and their validation - The nuclear controversy as a challenge to political culture - The church and political culture. A documentation is given in an annex. (orig./HP) [de
Subsequent to the decision of the Bavarian Higher Administrative Court, which after judicial review declared the development plan for the Wackersdorf site and the reprocessing facility there to be void, the author analyses the situation with regard to the tasks to be accomplished by an installation-specific planning management for coping with arising conflicts - and nuclear hazards in particular -, and for coming to a reconciliation of interests. The author agrees with the decision of the Lueneburg Higher Administrative Court which stated that, in view of the subsequent licensing procedure provided by the law, the development plans need not specify any regulations concerning the specific nuclear hazards or radiological consequences of installations of this type, so that development plans within the meaning of sec. 1, sub-sec. (3) BauGB do not necessarily have to consider nuclear risks or dose limits. (orig./HP) [de
Life on this earth is not possible without using energy. The resources of the energies used so far are limited and their utilization carries certain risks which have now become obvious: climatic problems on the one hand, safety problems on the other. Chernobyl, Wackersdorf, tornados and population growth are issues mentioned all the time in the fight for the best solution. Even church synodes have spoken up and demanded to give up nuclear energy. The energy issue, however, has become a question of survival. This study, worked out by a group of scientists (natural science, energy science, lawyers, theologians) analyses the obstacles, conditions and consequences of such a step. The possible solution of rational energy utilization and substitution of energy services and regenerative energies is discussed in depth. The book concludes that problems can only be coped with if there is a feeling of joint responsibility and global social consensus. (orig./HP) [de
Tunaboylu, K.; Paulovic, M.; Ulrich, D.
There are several alternatives for reducing the release of tritium to the environment originating from the wastewater of a reprocessing plant. Such alternatives, which are applicable for sites not located by the sea or by large rivers, are limited to either injection of tritiated wastewater into suitable deep geological formations, or final disposal into a deep underground repository after adequate treatment similar to other low and intermediate active waste. Removal of tritium from the wastewater by enrichment represents a further feasible option of the second alternative, which allows reduction of the huge volume of tritiated water to be treated before disposal. A significant volume reduction increases the safety of the subsequent steps such as transport, interim storage and final disposal of tritiated waste, furthermore, decreases the corresponding overall waste management cost. The projected Wackersdorf reprocessing plant has been considered as a reference for assessing the permitted tritium releases and other site characteristics. (orig.)
The activities of the 'Laboratorium fuer Aerosolphysik und Filtertechnik II' of the 'Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe' concentrate on the development of filters to be used for cleaning nuclear and conventional exhaust air and off-gas. Originally, these techniques were intended to be applied in nuclear facilities only. Their application for conventional gas purification, however, has led to a reorientation of research and development projects. By way of example, it is reported about the use of the multi-way sorption filter for radioiodine removal in nuclear power plants and following flue-gas purification in heating power plants as well as for off-gas cleaning in chemical industry. The improvement of HEPA filters and the development of metal fibre filters has led to components which can be used in the range of high humidity and moisture as well as at high temperatures and an increased differential pressure. The experience obtained in the field of high-efficiency filtering of nuclear airborne particles is made use of during the investigations concerning the removal of particles of conventional pollutants in the submicron range. A technique of radioiodine removal and an improved removal of airborne particles has been developed for use in the future reprocessing plant. Thus, a maximum removal efficiency can be achieved and an optimum waste management is made possible. It is reported about the components obtained as a result of these activities and their use for off-gas cleaning in the Wackersdorf reprocessing plant (WAW). (orig.) [de
Oppenfeld, M. von
Governmental influence on public utilities and on the government-controlled nuclear industry so far has been much stronger than in the Federal Republic. This influence was cut back considerable when denationalization pursuant to the Electricity Act 1989 took effect, but not for the nuclear industry. Despite governmental declarations to the contrary, the big reactor building program has shrunk to one started reactor being finished. The reasons for turning away from nuclear energy are not so much to be found with the greens, who have little influence because of majority suffrage, but with orientating at short-term maximization of profits as a result of the denationalization process which prevents at present the realization of financing large-scale projects in the field of nuclear energy on a long-term basis. With the Magnox reactors coming to the end of their working life and neither coal-fired power stations nor nuclear power plants being built, with the exception of Sizewell II, this situation will sooner or later lead to an out-of-date power plant pool, and considerations concerning power plant capacities (including nuclear reactors) will become necessary. As regards reprocessing, the abandonment of Wackersdorf has led to the Internal Market being already anticipated by long-term contracts concluded with BNF. (orig./HSCH) [de
The Federal Consitutional Court states the conditions allowing issue of a preliminary order of court - in this case, for reinstating the suspensive effect of a protest lodged against an inhibition to hold a demonstration, i.e. for allowing the demonstration to be held - in the event that due to lack of time the Federal Constitutional Court is not in a position to sufficiently clarify the state of facts. The constitutional complaint and petition for preliminary order had been filed at the evening before the day the demonstration was planned to be held. Judging from the facts and circumstances given in the notice inhibiting the demonstration, and the conditions stated by the Administrative Court, there is reason enough to presume that holding the demonstration near the building site of the Wackersdorf Reprocessing Plant will very likely lead to endangering public peace and order. Against this background, the Federal Constitutional Court cannot see reasons to deviate from the assessment of facts given in the decision protested against. This all the more as the wording of the attacked decisions is such that it can be assumed that the constitutional principles stated by the Federal Constitutional Court in its Brokdorf decision (of May 14, 1985) have duly been taken into account. (orig./HSCH) [de
Scheer, J; Hirsch, H; Paul, R; Weidmann, B; Pelster, M; Wallenschus, M
The Chernobyl disaster has been a terrible confirmation of all warnings and worries spoken out by anti-nuclear groups of the population. Their core statement in debates on nuclear power already before the Chernobyl accident has been: Nuclear power has reached the end of the rope, for ecological reasons and for reasons of energy policy. This argument is now shown to be true by the analyses and research results presented by the book. Nuclear hazards will remain non-managable, and there is enough reason to doubt the economic efficiency of nuclear electricity. Nuclear power subsists by the sheer political and economic power of the nuclear lobby. The book in hand is the third revised and enlarged edition, presenting topical information on the Chernobyl MCA collected by scientists and journalists who are engaged in the anti-nuclear movement. Basic and exciting facts are given of topics such as: Worldwide crisis of the nuclear industry; history of the German nuclear power programme; the power of the electric utilities; Harrisburg and the latest safety studies; hazards of 'normal operation'; the big risk of the Wackersdorf plant and the illusion of 'ultimate disposal'.
After a short description of the modelling capabilities and the implementation of the computer code the possible applications of FIRAC are demonstrated by means of two test-examples. The so gained experiences with respect to the variation of different parameters, convergency criteria, etc. can be used for the simulation of a fire accident in the storage area for unconditioned combustible low active waste (LAW) of the planned reprocessing plant at Wackersdorf. The code is prepared for calculating direct effects (of the fire) in the fire room as well as particularly effects on adjacent rooms and ventilation systems. Source terms for the release of radioactive particles outside a building can also be investigated. The temperature and pressure curves for the fire room as well as for other areas in the facility show that no damages caused by temperature effects are expected for the considered fire of low active waste. As a result of the calculated mass and volumetric flows radioactive aerosole particles could be transported into normally non-active areas. The FIRAC code renders the possibility of a more detailed analysis of those parameters relevant for fire accidents and by this means completes the so far phenomenological procedure of the fire hazard analysis in nuclear facilities. (orig.) [de
On the subsidiarity of an appeal to the Constitutional Court in case of rejection of temporary relief sought as a protection against the construction of a nuclear facility (in connection with BVerfGE 77, 381 - Gorleben interim storage facility)
The appeal to the Constitutional Court has been launched against the construction of the spent fuel receiving station of the planned nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Wackersdorf. The proceedings on the main issue had to decide whether the Bavarian Ministry of Regional Development and Environmental Affairs as the competent supervising authority is obliged to order a stop of construction work on the grounds that there is no valid construction permit for the establishment of the receiving station after the BayVGH (Bavarian Court of Administration) with its decision of April 2, 1987 had set aside the relevant permit. The party appealing to the Constitutional Court applied for a judicial order to suspend execution of the construction permit for the receiving station until the appeal to the Constitutional Court has been decided upon. The appeal is directed among others against a decision of the BayVGH of December 11, 1987, denying temporary relief in accordance with section 123 VwGO (Rules of the Administrative Courts). The Constitutional Court denied the appeal. (orig./HP) [de
50 years ago, the first German nuclear power plant went online in Kahl on the Main. Visions were high in the early days of this industry, and during its first years it seemed to be headed for success. By the mid-1970s 21 reactors had been commissioned, or were already operating. But then the winds changed, people began to turn against nuclear power, public discussion was marked by heated disputes around projects such as Brokdorf, Kalkar, Wackersdorf and Gorleben. In the face of these problems, the nuclear sector failed to develop an effective strategy for regaining public support on a permanent basis. The accidents in the power plants of Harrisburg, USA, and Chernobyl contributed to making nuclear power unpopular in society. At the time of its domestic crisis, German nuclear technology achieved successes abroad. The French-German AREVA group became a world market leader in the fields of reactor design and construction, servicing, maintenance and modernization. In the domestic market, however, all signs seem to point to an end of nuclear energy in the medium run. (orig.)
The announcement of the intended expansion of German-French cooperation in the field of reprocessing and the abandonment soon after of the Wackersdorf reprocessing plant caught the German nuclear community completely by surprise. The range of reactions extended between profound disappointment and concern on the one hand and relief on the other hand and caused satisfaction and feelings of victory in the nuclear opposition camp. After the short period of time since that decision it is possible to attempt to assess in a more relaxed spirit both the intentions and the resultant new situation in the field of reprocessing in the Federal Republic of Germany. This reveals that also the European solution offers advantages worth being taken into account in addition to the arguments, which are still valid, in favor of reprocessing in Germany. Attention should also be drawn to a different strategy, that of prolonged intermediate storage, which is being employed in major countries, but not being considered in the Federal Republic of Germany. (orig.) [de
Characteristics and overlapping aspects in the elaboration of safety analyses for the nuclear and conventional units are presented. The current methods are presented and their limits of applicability characterized. The transferability of individual methods or their elements to the analysis of the reference plant of Wackersdorf is examined and the procedure for the systems analysis is determined. It is of great importance to prove that the essential kinds of incidents and possibilities of release with potential effects in the environment are completely identified. The incidents are divided into basic incidents, which are characterized by superior physical/chemical release mechanisms. An essential objective is to systematize the safety analysis and to summarize the presentation of results. Selection criteria are presented, which allow a limitation of the analysis to essential influencing parameters without removing aspects from the overall safety-relevant statement. Besides the selection criteria, instruments and mathematical models are explained with the help of which the representative and possible incidents covering all potential risks for all areas of the plant, systems and components can be selected. These design-basis accidents (criticality, self-heating, fire, explosion, leakages, earth quakes) are decisive for the determination of potential damaging effects in the environment and thus for the overall statement on the licensability. (orig./HP) [de
The legal protections from emissions caused by industries, car and public transportation traffic are one of the most important cases of defending real property. Due to the fact, that the mass media report international cases like 'Wackersdorf', there can be stated a general interest in the subject. Through section 364/2 of the 'Allgemeines Buergerliches Gesetzbuch' the Austrian Civil Law lifts its limits for property in consideration of emissions. The main reasons for the unsatisfying status quo must be related to the misinterpretation of imponderables as the key of emissions in section 364/2 ABGB. In fact section 364 lists a number of possible emissions, one of them considers sewage, which hardly can be declared as an imponderable one. This secures the position that all sorts of different kinds of emissions quoted in section 364/2 as far as 'others' gain civil presentation in case of infringing anybody's property. Another aspect must be referred to the influence of Public Law towards Civil Law and pollution control in particular: In Austria there exists a law (sections 47 and 56/1 Forstgesetz 1975) concerning the damage of forests (there to a great extent the interests of the state are touched because of the position as its land owner), where the legislator has no samples about determinating the terms - what the Civil Law calls 'customary in a place' to the extent of measurable damage. Due to this fact and in order to beware a homogenous legal order 'measurable damage' in general should substitute the inaccurate terms, that one has to relate to in use of section 364/2 ABGB. (author)