Nuclear energy – continue nuclear energy? No quick decision in sight – economy

Berlin (dpa) – No quick decisions can be expected on the possible further operation of the three remaining nuclear power plants in Germany after the end of the year. Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) initially wants to wait for the results of the second power security stress test. A government spokeswoman said on Monday. She confirmed that the issue of the continued operation of the three nuclear power plants after the end of the year would be considered with an open mind.

Environment minister spokesman Steffi Lemke (The Greens) said: “At the moment we are assuming that Germany will withdraw from nuclear energy.” The requirements for further operation would be very high, safety issues would be decisive.

A week ago, the Ministry of Economy announced the second stress test regarding the security of electricity supply in Germany. The idea is to ensure security of supply in the electricity sector and safe grid operation with stricter assumptions.

Government: gas first, not electricity

The spokeswoman confirmed on Monday that the results can be expected “in the coming weeks”. She reiterated that Germany’s main problem was gas, not electricity, due to the throttling of supplies from Russia. Nor is it about allowing German nuclear power plants to work longer to replace “broken” French nuclear plants. First stress tests from March to May this year. have shown that security of supply for the coming winter is guaranteed.

The vice-president of the Bundestag, Katrin Göring-Eckardt (the Greens), does not rule out the so-called extension of the operation of nuclear power plants in Germany beyond the end of the year. When asked if the Greens would allow the stretch surgery, she told ARD’s Anne Will program on Sunday night: fuel rods “.

Under current law, the three remaining nuclear power plants Neckarwestheim 2, Emsland and Isar 2 must be closed by December 31 at the latest. This year, they account for around 6% of the net electricity production in Germany. The tensile operation is not considered easy: The Federal Ministries of Environment and Economy concluded in March that the three reactors with existing fuel rods could still be operational after December 31 if their power generation was suppressed earlier. The ministries advised against continuing the activity. According to the Plant and Reactor Safety Society (GRS), stretching would be possible for at least 80 days.

The FDP is for longer terms. The vice-chairman of the SPD parliamentary group, Matthias Miersch, is still skeptical about further activities. He told the newspapers of the Funke media group that the safety checks of the remaining nuclear reactors were 13 years old and that this should also be taken into account.

According to the Ministry of the Environment, periodic safety reviews (PSÜ) are used to check a nuclear power plant, in addition to ongoing inspections. According to the Nuclear Energy Act, PSRs must be carried out every ten years. The last PSR time for the other three nuclear power plants was in 2009. The last PSR could be waived – if the operator of the nuclear power plant had made a binding declaration that it would finally terminate the plant’s operation no later than three years from the date provided for in the last PSR.

Christoph Bautz, Campact Network Executive Director, said: “Nuclear power plants are a ticking time bomb that gets weaker every year.” With the increase in the lifetime of burning fuel rods, there is a risk of departing from basically phasing out nuclear energy.

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