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Block B of the Gundremmingen nuclear power plant finally shut down

Sunday, December 31st, 2017 | bitcoin updates

          
    
    
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             The nuclear phase-out makes another step. In Gundremmingen block B goes off the net. The last double nuclear power plant of the Federal Republic is thus history. The demolition permit is still pending.
            

        

        As part of the German nuclear phase-out Block B has been shut down in the Swabian Gundremmingen. The shift crew had at midday the generator disconnected from the mains and shortly thereafter shut down the reactor, a spokesman said on Sunday. Block B produced electricity from nuclear power for nearly 34 years, the operating license ended on the basis of the Federal Government's nuclear phase-out plan on New Year's Eve 2017. In the future, there will only be seven nuclear power plants in Germany; in December 2022, the last will be shut down.
The end of the block B in Gundremmingen, which was put into operation in March 1984, has been known for years. It was set after the disaster in Fukushima, Japan in 2011, as was the case with the other plants that were still active at the time. The block C of the nuclear power plant in the district of Günzburg may continue to run until the end of 2021, although this kiln also went into operation in 1984 only a few months after the neighboring reactor. Gundremmingen was so far the last location in Germany with two active reactors.
Technically inadequate and riskyAtomkritiker consider the boiling water reactors in Gundremmingen as technically deficient and therefore particularly risky. It is the same type of reactor as in Fukushima and the mox fuel elements used contained a particularly large amount of dangerous plutonium, says the federal government nature conservation in Bavaria.
Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks (SPD) welcomed the shutdown: "The nuclear phase-out in Germany thus takes an important step forward," she said. Nuclear power is a "technological aberration". Unlike skeptics, Germany does not suffer from a power shortage, Hendricks emphasized. "On the contrary, we even have gigantic excesses of electricity, and our power supply is safe, and the shutdown of Gundremmingen B will not change that."
SPD and Greens in the Bavarian state parliament also demanded the immediate shutdown of Block C on the occasion of the end of Block B. The energy policy spokesman of the Green Group, Martin Stümpfig, called the nuclear power plant as a "ticking time bomb, now just half explosive".
Dismantling permit not yet grantedBest dismantling of Block B should be started within a few months. The managers of the power plant justify the rapid dismantling during the operation of Block C so that the employees who were previously required for the operation could then continue to be employed without interruption.
According to the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment, it is not yet clear when the mining permit will be issued. The operating company of the nuclear power plant expects this in the course of the year 2018. The nuclear power plant is 75 percent owned by the RWE Group, with the remainder being part of the Eon Group. The demolition of both power plant blocks is expected to last until about 2040 and cost around 1.5 billion euros.
In the future there will be 7 nuclear power plants in Germany, the last ones will be shut down in December 2022.

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    Since March 1984 C of the nuclear power plant in the Bavarian Gundremmingen in enterprise is in enterprise. Block A was in operation from 1967 to 1977. Block B, which went online in 1984, was shut down on December 31, 2017. Block C – also put into operation in 1984 – should follow in 2021. (Photo: kkw-gundremmingen.de)

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