Radioactive waste

Radioactive waste is generated by operations that use radioactive material, such as nuclear power plants. Radioactive waste is also generated when old smoke detectors and old consumer products are discarded, as well as in the form of particles captured by filters in the processing industry. Radioactive waste must be managed in a way that protects people and the environment against the radiation.

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority issues regulations stipulating the limits and requirements applying to radioactive waste. We examine radioactive waste management and check to ensure compliance with regulations in connection with management, storage and disposal of this waste. The Authority also reviews the work of SKB (Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company) relating to a licence application. SKB has sought permission to construct an encapsulation facility and a repository for spent fuel, and to extend an existing repository for short-lived waste, called 'SFR'.