Scientists say the final repository of nuclear waste remains uncertain. Uncertainty about nuclear waste can be stored without any major risk in Forsmark. It considers two experts who examined how Swedish nuclear fuel management handled the demands for further investigations from the Land and Environmental Court at Nacka District Court. Swedish nuclear fuel management does not agree. Maybe the fact will come this summer. Disagreement over the safety of the final repository of 12,000 tonnes of nuclear waste in Forsmark remains. The corrosion researchers at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm; Christofer Leygraf and Peter Szakalos, have studied how Swedish Nuclear Fuel Management AB, SKB, has investigated what the Land and Environmental Court of Nacka District Court has demanded. – The court was very clear. But SKB has still not been able to fully address the issues, says Christofer Leygraf, recently retired professor, to Sweden’s Nature. But representatives of Swedish nuclear fuel management do not agree, but feel that the criticism has been met. In an email, Allan Hedin, who is responsible for the company’s safety analysis, writes: – We already argued in the Land and Environmental Court that Szakalos and Leygraf had to say whether these matters were not substantiated by credible analyzes. This summer, maybe new results from the trials in the Äspö laboratory will be presented. For Swedish nuclear fuel management has picked up material for yet another study of how copper is affected by the environment beneath the ground, among other things. Then more people will be able to access the results, the company has announced. Johan Swahn at the Environmental Organizations’ Nuclear Waste Review, which includes among others the Nature Conservation Association, says it is very important. – It could settle this scientific controversy. That the trial package has been picked up from the Äspö laboratory can give a decisive message whether copper works as intended or not, and thus also whether the final repository will be safe or not, says Johan Swahn.
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