Swedish Radiation Safety Authority participating in land and environment court’s main hearing concerning extension of SFR repository

On 23 September, the Land and Environment Court of Nacka District Court commenced a main hearing concerning SKB’s (Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company, i.e. Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB) application for authorisation under the Environmental Code to extend SFR, a repository for short-lived radioactive waste. The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, SSM, is participating in the main hearing in its capacity as a government agency with expertise in the field of nuclear safety and radiation protection.

Adjacent to the SFR repository for short-lived radioactive waste is a store where low and intermediate level radioactive waste is kept. This site is located in the vicinity of the Forsmark nuclear power plant. Waste stored here originates from Swedish nuclear power plants, industry, health and medical services, veterinary care, and research. SFR will need to have an extension constructed so that it has capacity to receive greater quantities of waste, primarily from dismantling of Swedish nuclear power plants. Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB, i.e. SKB, seeks permission under the Environmental Code to extend SFR. Following the proceedings, the Land and Environment Court will submit its statement to the Government of Sweden, which will decide on the question of permissibility. On 23 September, the Court’s main hearing commenced, with the participation of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority.

“During the hearing, we will present and explain the consultation response that we, in our capacity as a referral body, submitted to the Court in January 2019. We will also respond to the Court’s questions relating to the field of nuclear safety and radiation protection. The objective of our participation is to contribute to giving the Court a good basis for delivering its opinion to the Swedish Government on the question of permissibility,” says Ansi Gerhardsson, who heads Disposal of Radioactive Waste, a section of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority.

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority will submit its formal findings to the Government concerning SKB’s licence application under the Act on Nuclear Activities for permission to extend the SFR facility. The Authority (SSM) expects this review to be completed in 2019.

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