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    Translation: Stress test: Nuclear power plant reserve operation is unnecessary and ignores security risks – BUND examines legal steps


    September 6, 2022 - ForeignAffairs.co.nz

     

      MIL OSI translation. Region: Germany/Germany

      Source: Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland Contrary to what was claimed by Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner and the nuclear proponents in the Union parties, the stress test published yesterday by the Federal Ministry of Economics shows that the security of supply and the stability of the electricity grid in Germany are still high despite the crisis. However, the three remaining nuclear power plants – which the stress test also shows – do not play a significant part in this. "We don't have a supply gap, but an unacceptable security gap," explains Olaf Bandt, Chairman of the Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND). Nevertheless, according to Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck, the Isar 2 and Neckarwestheim 2 nuclear power plants should still be switched off after the statutory shutdown at the end of the year be available as reserve power plants by April. The small benefits are out of all proportion to the risks. The BUND warns that the phase-out of nuclear power will be weakened and is examining legal steps against restarting the nuclear power plants after the statutory shutdown date. “It is good that all three nuclear power plants will be shut down as planned on December 31st. But then it must finally be over. It is incomprehensible that nuclear power plants that cannot make a significant contribution to security of supply should remain in reserve. It is regrettable that Robert Habeck did not take the opportunity to finally put an end to the pointless ghost debate about extensions. Because now it is important that everything is done to secure the energy supply beyond nuclear power. The nuclear dispute between the parties distracts from this. There needs to be an expansion turbo for renewables in the south, including the abolition of the 10 H regulation in Bavaria and consistent energy saving," explains Bandt. The two affected power plants Isar 2 and Neckarwestheim 2 have been running for three years without valid safety certificates. In addition, dozens of cracks in safety-relevant pipelines have been repeatedly discovered in the Neckarwestheim nuclear power plant. "The federal government's violation of European safety regulations is irresponsible and must not be continued any longer. In France, half of the reactor fleet is largely idle due to safety checks, which the federal government apparently considers unnecessary. A high-risk technique must not be operated blindly,” Bandt clarifies. More BUND voices on the result of the stress test BUND Bayern: "Isar 2's time is up. The reactor is 34 years old, 15 reportable events have occurred there in the last six years alone, and the last comprehensive safety check was 13 years ago. Should the federal government make the wrong decision to let Isar 2 continue, we will examine all legal steps to prevent this. It would be grotesque if the decades of massive prevention of renewable energies by the CSU now also meant that the high-risk technology nuclear power continued in Bavaria," explains BN chairman Richard Mergner.BUND Baden-Württemberg: "Since 2017, the nuclear power plant Neckarwestheim 2 has grown over 300 cracks. So there is an emergency here. Having this nuclear power plant as an emergency reserve and possibly exposing it to a high load by switching it on and off is irresponsible and must be stopped. The BUND Baden-Württemberg is therefore considering a lawsuit," says Sylvia Pilarsky-Grosch, state chairwoman of the BUND Baden-Württemberg. BUNDjugend: “The nuclear power plants in emergency reserve continue to promote a mock debate to distract from the political failures of recent years, during which the energy transition was slowed down. It is already foreseeable that a debate about extending the service life will continue to hinder real solutions to problems. This tramples on the years of efforts of young climate activists as well as the interests of our entire generation! Nuclear power plants cannot help us with this. Even in the emergency reserve, they can only reduce it minimally and the consequences will be passed on to younger and future generations!” says Alexandra Struck from the federal board of BUNDjugend Safety checks (PSÜ) with a view to the approaching nuclear phase-out "saved". The PSR are investigations lasting several years and cannot be made up for at short notice. In France, corrosion damage to pipelines was found in the course of a PSR at a nuclear power plant. As a result, the damage was also determined at other nuclear power plants as part of a broad investigation. If left undetected, the corrosion could have led to a core meltdown. More information: For an overview

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