DAtF: The Discussion Regarding the Use of ERU Fuel Assemblies from Russian Production Is Dubious and Distortive

Berlin, 18.09.2012

The DAtF’s position regarding the Süddeutsche Zeitung’s current reporting on the topic of ERU fuel assemblies is as follows:

In the Süddeutsche Zeitung’s current reporting on the use of enriched reprocessed uranium (ERU) fuel assemblies in German nuclear power plants, in some cases baseless assumptions are being raised and as a result this is creating a partially false impression of the facts of the matter.

The use of ERU fuel assemblies in German nuclear power plants was widely discussed in public in 2000. At that time the DAtF stated its position, supplied facts and explained basic concepts. Among other things, on 16/17 May 2000 a trip to Elektrostal near Moscow was organised for journalists in connection with this. 20 journalists and TV teams took part, including a representative of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. In this respect, the facts of the matter as a whole cannot be new to the Süddeutsche Zeitung. For the German energy suppliers and manufacturers of fuel assemblies, it was always about a legally correct and economically sensible way of using the uranium arising from recycling. Dr. Ralf Güldner, President of the DAtF stresses, “The overall use both then and also later took place with full transparency vis-à-vis the national and EU supervisory authorities as well as the media, for example with a trip by journalists to the production site in Russia in May 2000.”

Use of the ERU fuel assemblies in German nuclear power plants took place within the legal framework, at the highest level of safety engineering and based on appropriate contractual regulations. The Federal Government and state governments stated their views regarding these facts and circumstance at inquiries. In addition, the relevant contracts were submitted to the European Supply Agency (ESA) for approval as officially required.

The use of ERU fuel assemblies in German nuclear power plants has not subverted the Atomic Energy Act either actually or legally, there is no connection to the various political decisions regarding the running times of nuclear power plants. Allegations that the German companies involved had intended to subvert the Atomic Energy Act are neither justified nor plausible for the simple reason that the amendment regarding the Atomic Energy Act did not come into force until 2002 whereas the facts and circumstances discussed here were already considerably earlier. .

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