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Discussion about Nuclear Liability Foundation Gathering Momentum

The discussion on transferring provisions created by German nuclear power operators for nuclear power decommission liabilities to a state-owned foundation (Atomstiftung) is gathering momentum. Today’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) has an article with the headline “RWE on the way to becoming a state-owned group”, covering an upcoming presentation by Werner Müller. He is a former Federal Minister for Economics and Technology and since 2012 head of RAG Stiftung – which will finance perpetual mine management obligations related to coal mining.

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Opposition Gains Majority in Federal Council Following Narrow Election Win in Lower-Saxony

The Social Democrats (SPD) and Alliance ’90/The Greens secured a narrow election win by one seat in Lower-Saxony over Angela Merkel’s Conservative Party (CDU) and their Liberal allies (FDP). The opposition parties now hold the majority of seats (36 out of 69) in the Federal Council (Bundesrat).

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SPD Position Paper on New Statute for Permanent Nuclear Waste Disposal

Some months ago the German government and the federal states (Länder) agreed to restart the search for a permanent German nuclear waste disposal site. The opposition Social Democratic Party (SPD) has now suggested a new statute (Endlagerverfahrensgesetz – Permanent Disposal Procedure Act) to coordinate the search process.

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Federal Government Backs Extension of EWN Interim Nuclear Waste Storage

In an answer to a minor interpellation by Alliance ’90/The Greens, the Federal Government said it supported the lawsuit by the state-owned Energiewerke Nord (EWN) against a decision by the state of Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania denying storage of nuclear waste in its Interim Storage North facility beyond the currently applicable time limit.

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