On 30 January, the German radioactive waste licensing authority BfE held a workshop in Berlin with a range of stakeholders to discuss its research strategy. NTW member Brigitte Artmann and several other German citizens from her region invited NTW vice-chair Jan Haverkamp (who works for the organisations WISE and Greenpeace) as external expert to participate. Here are some impressions and observations. The workshop is part of a round of stakeholder input into BfE’s research strategy. The other part consisted of an on-line tool for different organisations and citizens to give input on a (German language) strategy paper and research agenda that BfE as new authority responsible for licensing of radioactive waste facilities prepared. Different from the European radioactive waste sector’s efforts to coordinate and strategise research in radioactive waste management in the European platform IGD-TP, BfE tries to be fully inclusive in its stakeholder approach and not bind participants to certain pre-defined visions. Having said that, the political process in Germany is still severely affected by the complete failures of the attempts to establish a deep geological disposal facility for high-level waste in Gorleben, Niedersachsen, and the completely inadequate low- and mid-level underground waste deposits in Asse II and Morsleben. Because of this history, BfE still has to focus on deep geological disposal of high-level waste as the preferred technical pathway – a political choice that made many civil society organisations, including groups around Gorleben and Greenpeace, to distance themselves from the process.
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