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- Discontinuation or Extension - An Explorative Case Study on the Discontinuation of Interim Storage of Nuclear Waste in Ahaus, Germany

Bomers, C. J. (2019) - Discontinuation or Extension - An Explorative Case Study on the Discontinuation of Interim Storage of Nuclear Waste in Ahaus, Germany.

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Abstract:Discontinuation or Extension? Nuclear energy has been and is used for several decades in Germany, nevertheless, no final disposal is currently available in order to store nuclear waste (Bundesamt für kerntechnische Entsorgungssicherheit [BfE], n.d.). Since the permission of interim storage locations was initially limited for 40 years (BfE, 2019), several discontinuation processes have to come up. This study examines the discontinuation process of the interim storage facility for nuclear waste in Ahaus, with a permission until 2036 (BfE, 2017). However, until this time no final disposal in Germany will be available to store high radioactive elements (BfE, n.d.). Thus, this study answers the research question: �How do policy makers and key actors within the discontinuation process of the interim storage facility in Ahaus justify an extension or discontinuation?� Therefore, an explorative qualitative analysis is provided, including documents in form of newspapers, documents from the Federal Government, letters of involved actors, documents made available by these actors, press releases concerning the topic, as well as written statements and websites of the analyzed actors. The analysis shows that justifications of actors regarding an extension or discontinuation, depend on their position and the context in which these are mentioned and vary between legal-administrative, security, technical or responsibility justifications. Moreover, it identifies that actors, who are against an extension, mainly base their argumentation on security justifications, in contrast to actors who argue for an extension, using legal-administrative justifications.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78904
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