Switzerland’s national radioactive waste disposal cooperative Nagra has been granted permits for carrying out the first three exploratory boreholes in its search for potential sites to host two geological repositories. During 2016 and 2017, Nagra submitted a total of 22 applications for exploratory drilling to the Swiss Federal Office of Energy. These were for eight boreholes each in the Jura Ost and Zürich Nordost regions and six in the Nördlich Lägern region. Each application is subject to a separate approval procedure. On 17 August, Switzerland’s Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication (DETEC) granted permits for the first three boreholes. These are the Bülach (NSG 17-02) exploration well in the Nördlich Lägern site area and the Trüllikon 1 (NSG 16-11) and Marthalen (NSG 16-15) wells in Zürich Nordost. DETEC said decisions for the other applications will be issued in the coming weeks and months.
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