Comment of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority on the pronouncement of the Land and Environment Court

On Tuesday, 23 January 2018, respective pronouncements to the Government were submitted by the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) and the Land and Environment Court of Nacka District Court regarding SKB's licence applications for final disposal of spent nuclear fuel.

On the above date, the Authority, SSM, submitted a statement of its findings to the Government of Sweden regarding SKB's applications under the Act on Nuclear Activities for permission to develop facilities in a system for final disposal of spent fuel. SSM recommends approval of these applications under not only the Act on Nuclear Activities, but also in accordance with the statutory permissibility defined by the Environmental Code. The regulatory review demonstrated that SKB has the potential to meet the requirements of the Act on Nuclear Activities relating to safe disposal.

"After seven years of regulatory scrutiny, and with the assistance of national and international experts, we are confident in our recommendation that the potential exists for a safe repository using the method and the site selected by SKB," says Ansi Gerhardsson, head of section at SSM.

On the same day, 23 January 2018, the Land and Environment Court submitted to the Government its statement on the issue of permissibility according to the Environmental Code for decision making. The court has arrived at the conclusion that SKB's licence application is substantive and wide-ranging, but that some remaining uncertainties need to be investigated further in relation to the disposal canisters. The conclusion of the court is that the disposal activities can be considered permissible only if SKB presents further documentation clarifying the protective function of the canisters in relation to the spent nuclear fuel repository's long-term safety.

The Swedish Government will take the decision on whether to grant the related licences to SKB.

For more information, please contact: The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority's (SSM) press officer on Tel. +46 8 799 40 20.