Sweden’s implementation of Nuclear Waste Directive reported to European Commission

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority has prepared Sweden's second national report, as per Council Directive 2011/70/Euratom on establishing a Community framework for the responsible and safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste. The report has been submitted to the European Commission.

The first parts of the report contain general information about the scope and management of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste, and explain the stakeholders and public authorities involved in this work.

"The report gives an account of changes that have taken place since the previous report of 2015, for instance the decision to shut down four reactors, as well as SKB's applications for permission to develop a repository for spent nuclear fuel," says Eva Gimholt, an analyst at the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority.

The main focus of the report is on accounting for the measures being taken on a national level for compliance with the Nuclear Waste Directive. This is done article by article.

For more information, please contact: Eva Gimholt, Analyst, Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM), on Tel. +46 8 799 40 87, or SSM's duty press officer on Tel. +46 8 799 40 20.

Further information about the report

Under Article 14.1 of Council Directive 2011/70/Euratom, Member States must, every third year by 23 August, submit a report to the European Commission on national programmes for the management and disposal of spent fuel and radioactive waste. Sweden's first report to the Commission was submitted in August 2015.

Under Ordinance 2008:452, which stipulates instructions for the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, the Authority is in charge of preparing Sweden's national report by 1 July every third year. The report is subsequently sent to the European Commission. Sweden's second report was prepared and submitted in June 2018 to the Ministry of the Environment and Energy. The report was sent to the Commission on 16 August.