The Government has decided to allow a capacity increase of the interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel, pending a repository for final disposal being constructed and put into operation. An intermediate decision on interim storage is necessary to safeguard the energy supply in the coming years. The Government is prioritising and working as swiftly as possible to prepare the decision on the repository. In the Government’s assessment, it will be a matter of months before such a decision can be made. However, the permit process following a government decision will take additional time. Without a valid permit for increased interim storage in place before the end of 2023, Sweden’s electricity generation could be adversely affected. This is why an intermediate decision on interim storage is necessary. The Government is examining how spent nuclear fuel and other nuclear waste will be disposed of. In the next step, the Government will refer the evaluation of new research on the protective capability of the copper canister in relation to both copper corrosion and the planned cast iron insert to the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority and the Swedish National Council for Nuclear Waste. In the consultation process, the Government wants these authorities to determine whether the article on copper corrosion and the research to which the article refers provide new information that may be of significance to the Government’s decision on the case.
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