The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority imposes requirements on licensees and other parties that conduct activities involving radiation. We ensure compliance by means of inspections. Photo: Hans Alm

For 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.

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ENSREG condemns Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine

On 27 February and 6 March 2022, the European Commission’s advisory group European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG) held extraordinary meetings with the participation of the IAEA, Western European Nuclear Regulators' Association (WENRA) and the Ukrainian nuclear regulator (SNRIU) to address the nuclear safety of the Ukrainian nuclear installations in view of the Russian Federation’s military aggression against Ukraine. ENSREG recalls that the European Council condemns in the strongest possible terms the Russian Federation’s unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against Ukraine. ENSREG further appeals for maximum restraint, to avoid any action, which may put the country’s nuclear facilities at risk. SSM is a member of ENSREG and stands behind ENREG’s statements.

Final repository for spent nuclear fuel

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) has undertaken an exhaustive examination and review of the licence applications submitted by Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB (SKB) for the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel. In 2018 we endorsed the applications in our recommendations to the Government of Sweden. On 27 January 2022 the Government formally decided to grant a licence to SKB under the Act on Nuclear Activities to construct, possess and operate a facility for the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel. The decision includes as a licence condition the requirement that SSM shall conduct a continued step-wise review process prior to the facility being taken into routine operation. The Government has also decided on the permissibility of the final disposal system in accordance with the Swedish Environmental Code and is now handing over the case to the Land and Environmental court, which issues a formal judgment on licensing and prescribes conditions under the Environmental Code.

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.