Federal government accuses Bavaria of lax handling of nuclear safety

CSU boss Markus Söder is in favor of extending the term of the reactor in Bavaria. The federal government, however, reproaches its country.

In the dispute over the continued operation of the Isar 2 nuclear power plant, the federal government accuses the Bavarian authorities of being lax in their handling of nuclear safety regulations. This emerges from a letter from the chief supervisor of the federal government, Gerrit Niehaus, to the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment, which is available to the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”.

In it, Niehaus writes to his nuclear safety colleagues in Munich, he must state “that you are making an assessment of safety that I cannot understand and that contradicts the principles of German supervisory practice.” These principles include “relying on thorough testing and evidence,” according to the report.

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“No concessions to safety”

The letter dates from June, at the time Bavaria and the federal government were already arguing about whether longer maturities could help to dampen the gas crisis. In an initial analysis, the Federal Ministries for Economic Affairs and the Environment rejected this; among other things, with reference to security concerns. Since 2019, all three remaining nuclear power plants in the country have had to undergo a “periodic safety check”.

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