[Translate to English:] Betriebsteil Entsorgung

Disposal facilities

All materials arriving at KTE’s disposal facilities are first processed such that non-contaminated components are separated from radioactive waste, leaving behind the smallest possible volume of radioactive waste. The following procedures are applied:

• decontamination, disassembly and compaction of solid non-combustible substances,
• incineration of solid and liquid combustible substances, and
• evaporation and solidification of liquid non-combustible substances.

The radioactive waste is conditioned and packaged ready for storage in a final repository. This must be done in such a way as to meet the storage requirements for the “Schacht Konrad” repository. Until they are transferred to the final repository, the packaged waste remains in purpose-built storage facilities at KTE. The storage capacities are virtually exhausted. They are being expanded because the “Schacht Konrad” final repository is not yet ready for operation but the dismantling projects have to continue.

Substances arriving at KTE for treatment come primarily from the on-site nuclear facilities. Waste from the Baden-Wuerttemberg state collection point, which is likewise treated and stored at this central KTE facility, accounts for only a very small proportion of the total. As far as spare capacities are available, waste treatment services are also offered to external third parties, though the latter are required to take back and store the radioactive waste themselves.




Highly-trained expert personnel, a range of measurement equipment and a modern radiochemical laboratory are available at KTE’s disposal facilities for the analysis of radiological and substance-related data of waste in the different treatment stages. The Radiochemical Laboratory and the Laboratory for Intake and Product Analysis at KTE are accredited by the DAkkS (Germany’s national accreditation body). This ensures that all legal and technical requirements are met and that the radioactive waste packages satisfy the conditions of the final repositories. A neutron monitor and various measurement devices are available for intake and product control. Gamma-ray spectroscopy can be performed across a large dose rate range, and the fissile material inventory can be determined.

The German Radiation Protection Ordinance stipulates that record keeping is mandatory for all handling of radioactive substances. All relevant data and processing steps are recorded and documented in a central database.



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