Review launched of research and development programme for management and final disposal of nuclear waste

Swedish licensees of nuclear power reactors have submitted their joint programme for research, development and demonstration (RD&D programme) to the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority. The Authority, SSM, now has the task of reviewing and evaluating RD&D Programme 2019. The Authority has also launched a national consultation procedure regarding the Programme.

Every third year, licensees of nuclear power reactors in Sweden have the task of presenting a research, development and demonstration programme, their RD&D programme, for management of spent nuclear fuel and nuclear waste. These utilities have delegated the responsibility for this task to SKB, a company owned jointly by the licensees (Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company; formally Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB).

SKB submitted RD&D Programme 2019 to the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority on 30 September. For the purpose of gathering opinions of significance for the Authority’s review and evaluation, RD&D Programme 2019 is the subject of a national consultation procedure involving around 40 organisations. These referral bodies are requested to submit their viewpoints to the Authority by 31 December 2019.

By 31 March 2020, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority will submit its pronouncement regarding the Programme to the Government of Sweden.

For more information, please contact: Bengt Hedberg or Carl-Henrik Pettersson, analysts at the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority. Call SSM’s duty press officer on Tel. +46 8 799 40 20.