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Source: Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany Olaf Bandt, Chairman of BUND (Simone Neumann) “The expectations of the opening event were high, because three years after the start of the search process, a broad public was to be involved in the search for nuclear waste for the first time. Hopes for a critical and multifaceted debate have now been dashed. The specialist conference lacked technical controversy: when the interim report on sub-areas was presented, only experts from the Federal Association for Final Disposal had their say, and there was no critical classification by external scientists – this scientific one-way street must not be repeated in the coming events. A serious peer review process is needed that reflects the diversity of scientific perspectives. This is the only way to create a credible debate about the best possible location for a nuclear waste storage facility. This requires a participation format that seriously brings comments and questions from those involved into the process and enables critical follow-up. The attempt to organize the conference itself has also failed: Instead of the announced discussions, a preparatory election of the members was announced on the second day through short-term and surprisingly announced elections Facts working group created. Neither the mode nor the legal basis of the elections were clarified. In particular, it was not made transparent who the voters were. The questions posed, like numerous other objections at the event, remained unanswered. The BASE also set up an allegedly independent notary’s office in advance, staffed by its own staff. This notary’s office is intended to ensure that the specialist conference strictly adheres to the topic, with which the BASE intervenes in the much-touted self-organization. Already at the opening event it became clear that there was no room for a comprehensive discussion of different points of view. So approaches of differences of opinion and conflicts have already been moderated. Until the first meeting of the specialist conference sub-areas in February, the BUND is demanding that the legally prescribed requirements for transparency, participation and scientific nature be seriously implemented and real self-organization and thus an appropriate discussion of the interim report possible. ”More The digital kick-off event of the specialist conference sub-areas was the first participation format for a broad public – after three years of searching for nuclear waste. The specialist conference sub-areas consists of citizens, scientists, representatives from associations and municipalities and is to discuss the interim report sub-areas from February to June 2021. to search for nuclear waste storage contact: Juliane Dickel, Head of Nuclear and Energy Policy, BUND- Expert for energy policy, Tel. (030) 2 75 86-562, mobile: 01 76/31 26 79 36, juliane.dickel (at) and BUND press office (Sigrid Wolff / Daniel Jahn / Judith Freund / Heye Jensen ), Tel. (030) 2 75 86-425 / -531 / -497 / -464, presse (at)


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