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Want to see at first hand how things look at 1,000 metres beneath the earth’s surface, and deeper? Let us take you on an interesting and informative journey into the inner workings of Konrad. We’ll show you what goes on underground, where the radioactive waste will be stored.

Konrad Overview

Microsite Konrad

Konrad Overview

With this additional internetsite the Federal Office for Radiation Protection will give you a more exemplified and animated view of the future Konrad repository in Salzgitter.




The Federal Office for Radiation Protection is continuously monitoring the environmental radioactivity in Germany. About 1.800 Probes distributed all over Germany are measuring the gamma dose rate (GDR)


Radioactive waste disposal: Realignment of organisational structure

The changes laid down in the "Act on the Realignment of the Organisational Structure in the Field of Radiation Protection and Radioactive Waste Disposal" basically aim to structure the organisations and authorities in a manner that future tasks, such as the search for a site for a repository for high-level radioactive waste, can be implemented successfully. Furthermore, the aim is to improve the organisational structures in existing areas and to ensure a clear allocation of responsibilities and tasks in the field of radiation protection and radioactive waste disposal. The changes that were decided by the German Bundestag in June 2016, are a response to proposals brought up repeatedly in the political debate by Wolfram König, President of the BfS.

ConversionCosts and cost distribution of the Konrad repository project

Radioactive waste disposal costs incur in the planning phase, in the process of implementing the licensing procedure, during the construction, operation and decommissioning of a repository.

SafetyMonitoring radiation intensity

Based on the Precautionary Radiation Protection Act the Federal Office for Radiation Protection operates a national network for the large-scale determination of natural radiation exposure by continuously measuring the gamma dose rate (GDR). The BfS has installed measuring probes also on the premises of the Konrad repository, already before it has been taken into operation.

SafetyAdditional program for the environmental monitoring of Konrad

Farmers in the catchment area of the Konrad mine are concerned about the possible radiological contamination of their agricultural products. Therefore, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection has installed additional environmental monitoring equipment for the Konrad mine already before the mine is into operation as a repository.

Konrad RepositoryDisposal: Protagonists and responsibilities

In Germany there are two repositories and two repository projects for which the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) is responsible: Morsleben, Asse, Konrad, and Gorleben. While Gorleben is still a mine and no decision has been made so far as to whether radioactive waste will ever be disposed of there, radioactive waste has already been stored in Morsleben and in Asse. Konrad, on the other hand, is currently being converted to a repository and is the only repository so far that has been licensed under nuclear law.

Konrad RepositoryWaste acceptance requirements for Konrad

Requirements result from the safety-analytical investigations that need to be complied with when waste packages to be disposed of will be delivered to the repository in future. These requirements have been implemented in the Konrad waste acceptance requirements. In the frame of waste package quality control it is examined whether they are complied with.

Konrad RepositoryThe iron ore deposit

The Konrad mine is the youngest of the former iron ore mines in the Salzgitter region. The iron ore deposit of the Gifhorn Trough extends over a length of about sixty kilometres and a width of eight to fifteen kilometres.

Konrad RepositoryPlayers involved in the construction of the repository

While the BfS has the role of operator and builder and thus takes the overall responsibility, the DBE carries out the planning and construction of the Konrad repository on behalf of the BfS. A multitude of other players are involved in the complex task of constructing the Konrad repository.

Konrad RepositoryWaste-specific secondary regulations and secondary regulations under water law relating to Konrad

The plan-approval decision for the Konrad repository contains the qualified permission issued under water law (GWE), which is laid down in Annex 4. It limits the volume of non-radioactive, damaging substances contained in the radioactive waste to be disposed of.

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Das Gebäudes des Hauptsitzes in Salzgitter

Federal Office for Radiation Protection

Responsibility for people and the environment: BfS works for the safety and protection of man and the environment against damages due to ionising and non-ionising radiation.

Fördergerüst und Schachthalle Schacht Asse 2

Asse II mine

The Asse II mine near Wolfenbüttel is an approximately 100-year-old potash and salt mine. Between 1967 and 1978 radioactive waste were storaged here. In 2009 the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) took over operatorship for the Asse II mine. The task of BfS is to retrieve the radioactive waste and to decommission the Asse mine.

Endlager Morsleben - Luftaufnahme

Morsleben Repository

The Bartensleben mine in Morsleben served to mine potash and rock salt before it became a repository for radioactive waste in 1971. Until 1998, waste from nuclear power plants from the GDR and, later on, also from the Federal Republic of Germany was disposed of here. The Federal Office for Radiation Protection has now also applied for the decommissioning of the repository.

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