Practice Relating to Rule 42. Works and Installations Containing Dangerous Forces
Section B. Placement of military objectives near works and installations containing dangerous forces
Germany’s Military Manual (1992) states: “Military objectives shall not be located in the vicinity of works and installations containing dangerous forces unless it is necessary for the defence of these works.”
In 1983, questions were raised in the German Parliament concerning the planned construction of an ammunition depot 7 kilometres from a nuclear power plant. The government responded that these plants were granted the status of civilian objects under international law and were to be protected as such. The distance between the depot and the plant was construed as being in compliance with international law.