The framework conditions for the use of nuclear energy in the Federal Republic of Germany are stipulated in the Basic Law and the Atomic Energy Act. Following the events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant the framework conditions to phase out nuclear power for the commercial generation of electricity in Germany were further specified by the 13th Act amending the Atomic Energy Act. With the amended Atomic Energy Act entering into force, eight nuclear power plants immediately forfeited their operating licenses.
Germany‘s Reactor Safety Commission has published an opinion on crack zones in the reactor pressure vessels of the Tihange and Doel nuclear power plants. Most of the German experts questions relating to safety issues are resolved.