Pursuant to the Waste Management Transfer Act, the previous operators of interim storage facilities holding a licence pursuant to §6 of the Atomic Energy Act had to submit their licence to the BGZ by 1 January 2019, free of charge.
On 1 January 2019, the Brunsbüttel interim storage facility did not possess a licence pursuant to §6 of the Atomic Energy Act. Instead of transferring the interim storage facility to the BGZ within the meaning of the Waste Management Transfer Act by 1 January 2019 (which could not take place in this case), the Waste Management Transfer Act provided for the BGZ’s accession to the licensing procedure conducted by the operator of the Brunsbüttel interim storage facility.
Pursuant to this requirement, the BGZ acceded the licensing procedure, with the statutory proviso that the current operator of the Brunsbüttel interim storage facility will remain responsible for managing the licencing procedure until the storage approval is issued.
The applicant and operator of the Brunsbüttel interim storage facility (Kernkraftwerk Brunsbüttel GmbH & Co. oHG) will therefore continue to conduct proceedings. In acceding the licencing procedure, the BGZ, in accordance with its legislative mandate, will ensure that all safety-related requirements are fulfilled within the framework of the subsequent operational management after the licence has been granted.