The Swedish Environmental Court says no to the power industry’s Nuclear Waste Company SKB’s license application for a final repository for spent nuclear fuel in Forsmark, Sweden. This is a huge triumph for safety and environment – and for the Swedish NGO Office for Nuclear Waste Review (MKG), the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), and critical scientists who have been presenting risks of the malfunction of the selected method. Now it is up to the Swedish government to make the final decision. This is a triumph for us. From now on, the work on evaluating safer disposal solutions will continue. The decision that will be made concerns waste that will be hazardous for thousands of years. Several independent researchers have criticized both the applied method and the selected site. There is a solid documentation as base for the Environmental Court’s decision. It is hard to believe the Swedish Government’s conclusions will be any different from that of the Court’s, says Johan Swahn, Director at MKG.
MKG 23rd Jan 2018 read more »
David Lowry: “This is both an amazing decision and very important decision. The Swedish Environmental Court has concluded that the scientific argument and evidence presented by an umbrella group (Göteborg -based MKG) representing a wide range of environmental organisations had more credibility than the evidence of the Swedish nuclear regulator and Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste company (SKB). The UK nuclear waste disposal/ storage implementer, the Government-owned RWML, meanwhile is intent on obtaining under licence the SKB containment technology called KBS3 rejected as unacceptable by the Environmental court in the country of its development! Prudence might expect a ministerial re-think … Congratulations must go to Johan Swahn and his MKG team for demonstrating robust truthful science is more valuable than distorted science as presented by the so called independent Swedish nuclear regulator. This pronouncement in Stockholm this morning will reverberate across Europe sending shock waves into the nuclear waste establishment; as it should.”
Cumbria Trust 23rd Jan 2018 read more »
Sweden’s radiation safety authority (SSM) and an environmental court issued diverging recommendations to the government on Tuesday on whether to allow the construction of a nuclear waste repository. While the SSM said the nuclear fuel and waste management company SKB should be allowed to go ahead with the plan, which may take 10 years to complete, the Land and Environmental court said it was not certain of the proposed repository’s safety. “There is still uncertainty about the ability of the capsule to contain the nuclear waste in the long term,” the court said, adding that further documentation was required. The final decision to approve or reject the facility, designed to store up to 12,000 tonnes of spent fuel from Sweden’s nuclear plants, will be in the government’s hands. In a statement to Reuters, Environment and Energy Minister Karolina Skog said no decision would be made this year. SKB, controlled by Sweden’s nuclear plant operators, applied in March 2011 to build the repository at Forsmark in southwest Sweden. Eva Hallden, SKB’s director, said the firm would produce additional documentation, which it was confident would allay the safety concerns of the environmental court.
Reuters 23rd Jan 2018 read more »
Today (January 23), the Swedish Land and Environmental Court in Stockholm gave its opinion to the government on whether to allow the final repository for spent nuclear fuel in Forsmark, Sweden. The court said it could not recommend the Government to approve of the application unless the industry can provide additional data proving that the capsules that would contain the spent nuclear fuels would not leak. The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, SSM, has already given their opinion in which they recommend approval of the application by the nuclear industry association, SKB. The findings today is the result of seven years of investigations. After this the Government will give the final decision on whether to approve the application or not. – We welcome this decision by the Land and Environmental Court of Sweden today. Its findings underline that problems of nuclear waste with the proposed method are far from being solved, says Rolf Lindahl climate and energy campaigner of Greenpeace Sweden. The decision shows clearly that even after decades of research, safe handling of nuclear spent fuel cannot be guaranteed. As such this decision is a clear signal to our politicians to as quickly as possible phase out dangerous nuclear power and shift towards safe renewable energy.
Greenpeace Sweden 23rd Jan 2018 read more »
Sweden’s Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) today submitted a positive opinion to the government on Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB’s (SKB’s) application to build a repository for used nuclear fuel, together with a plant to encapsulate the fuel prior to disposal. However, the Land and Environment Court in Stockholm has called for further documentation on the copper capsules in which the fuel will be stored within the repository.
World Nuclear News 23rd Jan 2018 read more »
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.
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