Minister for Environment request report from the atomic safety authority
Translation WISE-Paris, 18 July 2001
Press Statement from Federal Ministry of Environment,
Nature Conservation and Reactor Safety.
Berlin, 15 July 2001
The Federal Minister for Environment, Mr Jürgen
Tritten, has requested a written report from the nuclear safety authority
of Bade-Wurtemburg, by Monday, on the case of a worker at the shut-down
Karlsruhe reprocessing plant who was contaminated by plutonium, a highly
Mr Tritten declared that,
“if the suspicion of misappropriation of
radioactive material in a German atomic plant is confirmed, we can suppose
that there are serious flaws in the safety system of that installation.
Where are we heading if we cannot totally exclude the possibly of employees
in atomic plants misappropriating highly dangerous radioactive substances
and thus endangering others?
I expect the government of the Bade-Wurtemburg Land, competent in this
area, to provide a full explanation of this serious incident. We want
to know how this happened, who is responsible and what are the possible
As soon as I have this report, I may well consider asking the Commission
for Reactor Safety (RSK) and the Commission for Radiological Protection
(SSK) for an analysis of this incident.”