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Nuclear energy and radiation protection

The Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector is Baden-Württemberg’s statutory nuclear inspectorate. Its task is to monitor whether nuclear power plants and other nuclear installations in Baden-Württemberg are being run safely. The Ministry also monitors radioactivity in the environment. On the sensitive issue of nuclear safety, the energy policy stresses information and openness.

Kernkraftwerk Philippsburg
  • Nuclear energy

Nuclear installations in Baden-Württemberg

Baden-Württemberg has three NPP-sites: Neckarwestheim (GKN), Philippsburg (KKP) and Obrigheim (KWO). In addition, the interim storage facilities in Neckarwestheim and Philipsburg and other nuclear installations and facilities are also subject to supervision by the nuclear regulatory agency in Baden-Württemberg.

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  • Inspectorate

Monitoring of nuclear installations

The inspectorate’s mission is to ensure that the installation is built in compliance with documented license conditions and that all other license-related and nuclear energy law regulations are complied with during construction and operation.

Kernkraftwerk Philippsburg: Brennelement wird in Castor eingebracht . (Bild: © ENBW)
  • Nuclear power installations

Disposal

The German Atomic Energy Act stipulates that the operator of a nuclear plant has an obligation to ensuring that accumulated residual materials and the removed or dismantled plant components are either recycled so that they are rendered harmless or they are to be correctly disposed of as radioactive waste.

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  • Protection

Radiation protection

In addition to protection against the direct risks posed by the radiation (= emergency protection), the adopting of precautionary measures in order to protect the population, the employees in the working world and the patients in the field of medicine, are of decisive relevance. This is the reason why radioactivity is monitored in all of these areas.