Germany is facing a nuclear waste crisis in Lower Saxony, the North German Public Radio reported on Monday.
An examination of about 432 barrels of low-level nuclear waste stored in the town of Leese indicates possible leaks and an urgent need to dry them, re-pack them and re-seal them.
The town stores 1,484 barrels of densely stacked barrels of nuclear waste, mostly used for X-rays. The storage facility is a former ammunition factory in an industrial zone, which also features a warehouse and a recycling yard.
There is a public tender to process all the nuclear waste barrels by the end of 2025.
The overall plan is to relocate the storage facility Konrad, a mine in Lower Saxony. But, the facility is not expected to be ready before 2027.
The information was confirmed by Lower Saxony’s environment minister, Olaf Lies. However, the Ministry has made clear that there is no increased level of radiation in the surrounding areas, although within the storage area radiation is 2,600 times higher than usual.