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Former BfS President König: "Correct conclusions"

On the Act regulating the Reorganisation of Tasks and Responsibilities in the area of Radiation Protection and Final Disposal

On 23 June 2016, the Bundestag decided an Act concerning the rearrangement of the organisational structure in the area of radiation protection and final disposal. Among others, Wolfram König, President of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) from 1999 to 2017, presented a proposal to the Repository Commission in 2014 which was widely accepted by the Commission and the federal government. With respect to the Act König explained on 24 June 2016:

Wolfram König Wolfram KönigWolfram König, President of BfS from 1999 to 2017

“With the Act, the correct conclusions are drawn. They correspond with the experiences I have gained in radioactive waste disposal. The reorganisation opens important possibilities of solving the multi-generation task of safe radioactive waste disposal in Germany. In the debate about a new search for a repository, I opted for a reorganisation in this area at an early stage, based on my experiences as previously responsible operator of repositories."

"The Act also provides clarity about the future and perspectives for the more than 800 employees of the BfS. One of the tasks of authorities is to face the changing requirements and challenges, even if that means to question familiar processes and structures," König said. The reorganisation was necessary for the new search for a repository site for high-level radioactive waste.

"We avoid double structures and create a chain of responsibilities that makes comprehensible tasks visible, also from outside. This may strengthen the confidence in the actions of federal authorities in a high-risk area. At the same time, the task of comprehensive radiation protection is strengthened by concentrating the task." This concerns e.g. the tasks of defence against nuclear hazards, UV protection, medical research, mobile communication or the measuring networks for radioactivity in the environment.

State of 2017.04.26

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