After the accident in Fukushima, Japan, however the CO2-free generation of electricity using nuclear power is being phased out in Germany. The phase-out was decided upon and enshrined in the 13th amendment of the Atomic Energy Act. The last facility operated by RWE, in Lingen, will be taken offline by the end of 2022.
With the legal reassignment of responsibility for nuclear waste disposal, the operators of the nuclear power plants are responsible for the proper and safe decommissioning of the facilities. The responsibility for the intermediate storage of burned-out fuel assemblies will be assigned to the bundeseigene Gesellschaft für Zwischenlagerung (Company for Interim Storage, BGZ). It is the German government’s responsibility to find and construct a suitable final storage location. To do this, RWE had to pay €6.8 billion into a special nuclear power fund.