What happens in the Asse mine?
Works for a safe operation
Since January 1, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection has operated the Asse II mine in compliance with the strict rules applying to a nuclear facility. As a key component of safe operation, BfS has for the first time developed an emergency preparedness plan stipulated by nuclear law for the case of an uncontrollable inflow of brine.
To protect the staff, BfS defined radiation protection areas and equipped the staff with dosimeters, irrespective of their area of operations underground. By means of a health monitoring, possible diseases of former staff and staff still working in the mine today are being examined. BfS continues to control air and water in the vicinity on a regular basis.
Furthermore, the Federal Office has taken other safety precautions. They include the securing of the waste, the stabilisation of the mine, and the collection and removal of the entering saline solution.