On January 23rd, 2018, the Swedish Land and Environmental Court plans to give its opinion to the government on whether to allow the final repository for spent nuclear fuel in Forsmark. This is an important, but not the last, decision in the review of the license application that was submitted by the nuclear waste company SKB (Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co) in 2011. The ruling will come after 20 days of competent and eventful deliberations in the main meeting of the court during 5 weeks from the beginning of September until the end of October. The main meeting of the court, this is the official translation of the Swedish word “Huvudförhandling”, is the final, open and very democratic deliberation that takes place before the court takes a decision on a license application, and where all parties summarise their views legally and on issues. Anyone can attend and speak their view. The decision of the court, that has been postponed from the original plan of December 20th due to the huge volume of information that the court has to take into due account, will be very important for the future of the repository. The court has many difficult issues to manage as it writes its opinion and it remains a clearly open question whether it will say yes or no to the spent fuel repository.
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