Iron mine in Salzgitter shut down in 1976 and intended as a repository for radioactive waste with negligible heat generation and for large-scale components from nuclear facilities. On 31st Aug. 1982, application for initiation of the procedure for official approval of the plan for ultimate waste disposal was filed. On June 5, 2002, the licence for the emplacement of a waste package volume of 300.000 m3 of radioactive waste with negligible heat generation was issued. After final court decisions in 2007 the former mine will be converted into a repository to be ready for waste storage in 2015.