Germany: Disused mine in Gorleben
Germany operates interim storage facilities in Ahaus and Gorleben in Lower Saxony, which stores the vitrified waste produced in La Hague until 2005, when Germany stopped reprocessing its spent fuel. Gorleben is also the site of a disused salt mine. This mine is located in a very deep-lying salt dome, providing a totally dry environment protected against water. It makes a viable candidate for a future repository, and is being considered for use as a repository for vitrified high-level waste and non-reprocessed spent fuel. Salt is a totally dry medium, making it an ideal choice for a repository in this respect.