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Skin cancer prevention begins in childhood
 
Titelbild JahresberichtSunburn in childhood is one of the primary causes of skin cancer. Although sunburn is easily avoidable, the number of cancer cases has been increasing for years. The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) refers to this in its new annual report. Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks therefore warns against neglecting sun protection for children. “Skin cancer prevention begins in childhood,” says Hendricks, following publication of the BfS report. “Parents bear particular responsibility here. Precisely in holiday periods, they should pay fastidious attention to sun protection for their children. Skin becoming painfully red at the end of a sunny day by the sea or lake can happen quickly - and this can lay the foundation for later skin cancer.” more...


   
Licensing of nuclear fuel transports

TransportIf a carrier wishes to transport nuclear fuels he requires a transport licence. For this purpose he files an application to the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS). The BfS examines whether the safety criteria are in compliance with the Atomic Energy Act (AtG) § 4 and whether the legal provisions relating to the transport of hazardous materials are met. Which one of the routes applied for is used and when the transport takes place needs to be co-ordinated between the licence holder and the Länder ministries of the interior. more...
 
Information about the AVR cask storage facility of the Forschungszentrum Jülich

The Jülich Research Centre filed an application for the storage of AVR fuel elements in the Ahaus Interim Storage Facility on 24 September 2009 and, on 4 October 2010 for the transport of these fuel elements to Ahaus. Generally the following applies in case of transport and storage licences according to Atomic Energy Act: What is to be done with the radioactive material is incumbent upon the applicant or, respectively, the owner of radioactive material, which would in this case be the Jülich Research Centre. The applicant needs to furnish proof that the necessary safety is guaranteed for his project. more...
 
The Site Selection Law – A fresh start in the search for a repository site for heat-generating radioactive waste

Deutschlandkarte mit Fragezeichen The Site Selection Law (StandAG) provides the chance to solve the disposal issue in a transparent and open procedure. The comparative determination of a site is in compliance with the requirements of the state of the art of science and technology. For over ten years, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) has been advocating such a procedure with broad public participation, in order to realise a safe, legally robust disposal site for heat-generating radioactive waste in Germany, which is supported by as many social groups as possible. more...