Proposed final repository for spent nuclear waste in Sweden enters permit phase

Stockholm, October 1, 2010 – The Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co. (SKB) is submitting its latest RD&D program to the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority.

Based on the program SKB now has the knowledge to submit the applications to build a final repository for spent nuclear fuel in Forsmark. SKB plans to submit the applications in March 2011.

According to the Swedish Nuclear Activities Act, SKB and its owners are required to present the knowledge and research status within the nuclear fuel area every third year.

The program is currently focusing on getting a deeper understanding of the natural changes that may occur in a geological repository in the long-term.

The plans for management and disposal of the low- and intermediate-level waste are being developed and detailed in the Fud-program 2010, which was requested in the authorities’ review of the Fud-program in 2007.

Among other activities SKB is planning to submit the applications to expand the capacity of the existing final repository for short-lived radioactive waste, SFR, by 2013. The extended facility is expected to become operational in 2020.

SKB is planning to submit its applications to the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority and the Environmental Court in March 2011. Dependent upon a positive outcome from the review of the applications the construction of the nuclear fuel repository can be started in 2015, with an estimated start of disposal operations by 2025.

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