Damage Apparently Kept Secret at German Nuclear Waste Site

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The heat has been turned up on Germany’s radiation protection office after it was revealed that an old salt mine in the German state of Lower Saxony, where nuclear waste is being stored, has sustained damaged.

The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) had learned late last year that pieces of the ceiling of the 750-meter (2,500-foot) deep chamber were unstable and could collapse on top of the 6,000 radioactive waste drums below.

The information about the Asse nuclear waste site was posted discreetly on the radiation office’s Web site late Wednesday, Jan. 14.



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