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For a society safe from the effects of radiation

Our vision is a society safe from the effects of radiation. We work proactively and preventively with nuclear safety, radiation protection and nuclear non-proliferation in order to protect people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation, now and in the future.

Statement in 2017 concerning the geological repository in Sweden

In a statement to the Finnish government on 12 February 2015, STUK–the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority’s counterpart in Finland–has found that the Olkiluoto final disposal facility can be constructed in compliance with safety requirements. In Sweden, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority is examining an application from the Swedish nuclear power industry for permission to construct a spent nuclear fuel repository here. The Authority will submit its formal findings to the Swedish Government in 2017. In both Sweden and Finland, the respective governments take the ultimate decision on whether or not to allow these final disposal facilities to be constructed.

 

Four years since the accident at Fukushima Daiichi

On 11 March 2015, four years had passed since the nuclear power plant accident at Fukushima Daiichi, Japan. After the accident, the work of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, as well as the efforts of many other organisations and public authorities, involve identifying lessons learned from the accident and analysing potential lessons to be learned and operational experience that could reduce the risk of new accidents occurring, in addition to strengthening their preparedness for nuclear emergencies. Here we present a couple of examples of lessons learned and actions taken following this accident:

 

Proposal regarding Independent Core Cooling

On Thursday 9 October, the Authority issued conditions on the design of the Independent Core Cooling function to the nuclear power industry. By the end of the year, we expect to take a decision on Independent Core Cooling. This decision will imply that the nuclear power industry must have implemented fully constructed Independent Core Cooling systems by 2020. This situation is described by Director General Mats Persson and Director Michael Knochenhauer in a debate article published on 9 October in Dagens Nyheter.

Licensees have considerable confidence in the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority contributes to a higher level of radiation safety and has competent employees, but needs to cut its processing times and develop its regulations. This is the outcome of a recent survey. Here, the Authority engaged TNS SIFO to survey the opinions of businesses and other organisations which have, or have applied for, a licence for radiation applications.

More than 50% of those surveyed are aware of the health hazard posed by radon

According to a survey, more than 50 per cent of people believe that radon is a health hazard. Radon measurement is needed in order to determine whether dwellings have a hazardous level of radon. The measurement season in Sweden begins on 1 October and ends on 30 April.

More stringent regulation of powerful laser pointers

Starting 1 January 2014, it will be prohibited in Sweden to be in possession of or use powerful laser pointers without a licence issued by the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority. Breaching the provisions risks a penalty of a fine or imprisonment for a maximum of two years.