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Start / Spent nuclear fuel repository

Repository for spent nuclear fuel

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority is in the process of reviewing the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company’s (SKB) application for permission to construct a repository for spent nuclear fuel. The Authority expects to complete its examination of the application in 2017. This is when we will submit our statement to the Government, which takes the decision on whether SKB will be permitted to construct the repository. Up until then, we will gradually publish some of our preliminary assessments.

SSM's consultation response to the land and environmental court: SKB has the potential to fulfil repository safety requirements

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority has assessed that the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company (SKB) has the potential to comply with the Authority’s nuclear safety and radiation protection requirements for the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel. Consequently, the Authority recommends in its statement of findings to the land and environmental court that the repository system should be deemed a permissible activity according to the Swedish Environmental Code.

International review team presented final report from peer review of repository application

An international review team have reviewed parts of the repository application from the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company (SKB). On Wednesday 13 June 2012, the review team, the IRT, presented their final report.

How long will the canisters last?

How long will it take for copper to corrode when it’s placed 500 metres underground in bedrock? This is a question that is debated among researchers. The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority is closely monitoring research in this area.

Reviewing the repository

The nuclear power industry needs to manage around 12,000 tonnes of spent nuclear fuel. The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority will conduct a review to ensure that the industry’s proposal for disposal of the spent fuel is sound in terms of nuclear safety and radiation protection. The Swedish Government will decide whether or not the repository will be constructed. Östhammar Municipality may exercise a veto in the matter and could thus say 'no'.