Berlin (dpa) - When looking for a nuclear waste repository in Germany, the Gorleben salt dome in Lower Saxony is completely out of the running, according to a media report.

Gorleben is not shown as a so-called sub-area in an eagerly awaited interim report by the Federal Agency for Final Storage, as the «Spiegel» reported from parliamentary groups.

Regions in Bavaria are now on the list of possible locations for the first time.

The report with regions that are fundamentally eligible for a nuclear waste repository according to geological criteria will be presented this Monday by the Federal Association for Final Storage in Berlin.

A pre-determination of a location is not yet associated with the so-called interim report sub-areas.

Nevertheless, the debate on the final disposal of highly radioactive nuclear waste should get going - especially in the areas that are now to be examined more closely.

As required by law, the report lists regions that “suggest favorable geological conditions for the safe disposal of radioactive waste”.

Other factors, such as the population density in the regions, have not yet been taken into account - this will be done in further steps.

Therefore, there should still be quite a few and sometimes quite large areas.

It will only become more specific in the coming years.

The search is on for the best place to store highly radioactive nuclear waste as safely as possible for a million years.

The repository is to be built underground in salt, clay or crystalline, i.e. above all granite.

The location should be found in 2031, and containers with radioactive waste should be stored underground from 2050.

After a long period of trouble about the Gorleben salt dome, the search for a repository was completely restarted.

Starting with a “white map”, on which every location is fundamentally possible, possible locations are now gradually narrowed down according to scientific criteria.

In the end, however, politicians should make the decision about the location - based on the scientific findings.

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