In what Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB (SKB) describes as a “historic decision”, the municipal council of Östhammar yesterday voted in favour of its planned repository for used nuclear fuel at Forsmark. The final decision to authorise the project will now be made by the Swedish government. SKB, Sweden’s radioactive waste management company, submitted applications to build the country’s first nuclear fuel repository and the encapsulation plant to the Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) in March 2011. The integrated facility – the encapsulation plant and the Clab interim storage facility – is referred to in SKB’s application as Clink. The application concerns the disposal of 6000 capsules with a total of 12,000 tonnes of radioactive waste at a depth of about 500 metres. SKB also submitted an application to extend the storage capacity of the Clab facility from the current 8000 tonnes of fuel to 11,000 tonnes. The final decision to authorise the project will now be made by the government, which will base its decision on the assessments of both the SSM and the Land and Environment Court. If the government makes a favourable decision, the matter will be returned to SSM and Land and Environment Court, who will stipulate conditions for the facilities and issue a licence under the Swedish Environmental Code.
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