Final pronouncement on repository applications in early 2018

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, SSM, which is in the process of examining SKB's applications for a spent nuclear fuel repository under the Act on Nuclear Activities, expects to make its final pronouncement to the Government on 23 January 2018.

In March 2011, the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company (SKB) submitted applications for permission to develop an encapsulation facility and a final repository for spent nuclear fuel. SSM is examining SKB's applications to assess their compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements as part of a process that has taken many years and has involved national and international experts.

These applications were also distributed as part of a nationwide consultation procedure involving Swedish academia, affected municipal authorities and other public bodies, and environmental organisations.

"The regulatory review will culminate in SSM's own pronouncement, when we forward this case to the Swedish Government for decision making," says Ansi Gerhardsson, head of section at SSM.

Not only are the licence applications undergoing examination by SSM for compliance with the Act on Nuclear Activities. In a separate procedure, a parallel licence application for the repository system as a whole is also being examined by the Land and Environment Court of Nacka District Court in relation to the provisions of the Environmental Code.

Court proceedings took place over a period of five weeks in autumn 2017. The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority took part as a referral body and the Government's expert authority. The Court has informed that it plans to submit its pronouncement to the Government on 23 January 2018. The Authority has elected to coordinate its licensing review schedule with that of the Court, and plans to submit its pronouncement to the Government of Sweden in line with the timing of the Court's pronouncement.

For more information, please contact: Ansi Gerhardsson, Head of Section, Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM), on Tel. +46 8 799 43 51, or via SSM's press officer on Tel. +46 8 799 40 20.