Commission approves plan for disposal of radioactive waste from FRF2 research reactor at Frankfurt am Main (OJ link)

February 7, 2005

Brussels, 4 February 2005

Commission opinion of 26 July 2004 concerning the plan for the disposal of radioactive waste arising from the dismantling of the remainder of the research reactor FRF2 at Frankfurt am Main in Hesse in the Federal Republic of Germany, in accordance with Article 37 of the Euratom Treaty (OJ C30/6 5.2.2005).
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On 30 January 2004, the European Commission received from the German Government, in accordance with Article 37 of the Euratom Treaty, General Data relating to the plan for the disposal of radioactive waste arising from the dismantling of the remainder of the research reactor FRF2.

On the basis of these data and additional information provided by the German Government on 22 April 2004, and following consultation with the group of experts, the Commission has drawn up the following opinion:

a) The distance between the plant and the nearest point on the territory of another Member State is approximately 120 km to France;

b) During normal operation, discharges of liquid and gaseous effluent will not cause an exposure of the population in other Member States that is significant from the point of view of health;

c) Solid radioactive waste arising from the dismantling operations will be transferred to an approved interim storage site via the Hessian regional collection point. Non-radioactive solid waste or residual materials and materials which are released from regulatory control will be released for disposal as conventional waste or for reuse or recycling. This will be done in compliance with the criteria laid down in the Basic Safety Standards (Directive 96/29/EURATOM);

d) In the event of unplanned discharges of radioactive waste, which may follow an accident of the type and magnitude considered in the General Data, the doses likely to be received by the population in other Member States would not be significant from the point of view of health.

In conclusion, the Commission is of the opinion that the implementation of the plan for the disposal of radioactive waste in whatever form arising from the dismantling of the FRF2 research reactor at Frankfurt am Main in Hesse in the Federal Republic of Germany, both in normal operation and in the event of an accident of the type and magnitude considered in the General Data, is not liable to result in the radioactive contamination, significant from the point of view of health, of the water, soil or airspace of another Member State.

Official Journal of the EU, No. C30/6 5.2.2005

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