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Deficiencies in SKB’s application for an encapsulation facility

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority has performed an initial review of a part of the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company’s (SKB) repository application that concerns the encapsulation facility, or ‘CLINK’. The Authority is now requiring SKB to supplement the application. 



The land and environmental court in Nacka has requested a consultation response from the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority on any potential need for supplements to the repository application submitted by the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company, or SKB.

Part of SKB’s application for construction of a spent nuclear fuel repository pertains to an encapsulation facility where the spent nuclear fuel will be enclosed in copper canisters. The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority has now performed an initial review of this part of the application. The Authority has drawn the conclusion that the application needs to be supplemented in several areas; one aspect is that the application is to some extent based on old documents, legislation and regulations. There were also deficiencies in traceability.

“The deficiencies in the application are so extensive that the Authority can now only move forward by reviewing the application’s factual content in areas where supplementary information is not needed,” says Lars Skånberg, Head of Section at the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority.

A time schedule and strategy for the application’s supplementary work are to be submitted to the Authority by 30 November 2012.

The review report on supplements to the application is part of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority’s consultation response that is to be submitted to the land and environmental court in Nacka by 1 November 2012.

For more information, please contact: Lars Skånberg, Head of Section at the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, via the Authority’s press officer on call on +46 8 799 40 20.


Last updated 2012-10-25