Sweden's seventh report under the Joint Convention submitted to the IAEA

On the basis of a Government assignment, the Authority, in collaboration with the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co (SKB), has produced the seventh report on Sweden’s implementation of the obligations of the Joint Convention on the safety of spent fuel management and on the safety of radioactive waste management. On 27 October 2020, Sweden officially submitted the report to the IAEA Secretariat.

Reactor 3 at Forsmark NPP

New emergency zones are introduced around Swedish NPPs

In accordance with the proposal of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, the Swedish Government has decided on new emergency planning zones and emergency planning distances for activities involving ionizing radiation. This means that Swedish nuclear power plants will be surrounded by a precautionary action zone (PAZ) and an urgent protective action planning zone (UPZ) as well as an extended planning distance (EPD), extending approximately 5, 25 and 100 kilometres respectively. The changes are important in order to improve the feasibility of implementing effective protective actions in the event of a nuclear accident.

SSM recommends approval of SKB’s application for extended repository

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) has reviewed and recommended the approval of Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB’s (SKB) application for an extension and continued operation of SFR, a repository for low and intermediate level radioactive waste. The review found that SKB’s construction and operation of the extension can be carried out in a way that is radiologically safe, and that the method of final disposal chosen by SKB is appropriate for achieving post-closure radiation safety. On 22 October 2019, SSM, in its capacity as a preparatory authority ahead of the Government’s examination of the licence application, forwarded its formal findings to the Government of Sweden.