January 23 – Sweden – Today, the Market and Environmental Court (MMD) submitted its opinion to the government, which will make the decisive decision, concerning the final disposal method with copper capsules. The court is of the opinion that further information is needed on the capsule – in order for the final repository to be fully permitted. There is an imminent uncertainty surrounding the sustainability of the capsules.

Today the message came: The Land and Environmental Court (MMD) estimates that more documentation is needed before they can allow the method in the application for final disposal in copper capsules such as Swedish nuclear fuel management (SKB).

“SKB’s investigation is solid, but there is still uncertainty about the ability of the capsule to contain the nuclear waste in the long run ” , it is possible to read the opinion.

Uncertainty about security
The question that MMD has looked into is whether the method proposed by the Swedish Nuclear Fuel Management (SKB) meets the requirements of the Environmental Code and, ultimately, follows the law. The waste should be stored in copper capsules embedded in clay 500 meters down the urber at Forsmark’s nuclear power plant – for many years to come.

The cracking question has been: keeps the capsules?

“The conclusion is that the final repository can be permitted under the Environmental Code only if SKB reports additional documentation that clarifies that the repository is safe even with regard to the capability of the capsule ” , they write further.

Yes to location – but no to method
The right, on the other hand, says yes to the location of any final disposal facilities: in Forsmark and Oskarshamn.

“However, the operation poses a risk of significant damage to the Forsmark-Kallrigafjärden regional interest area, but the Land and Environmental Court believes that the national interest for final disposal should be given priority . Authorization is required for several Natura 2000 areas. If safeguards are taken, permission can be granted for Natura 2000 areas, ” writes the right.

But in the end, the court asks for more information about whether the capsules are actually safe. Hence, they say no to the method.

“Based on the current security analysis , the court can not find that the final repository is safe in the long run, ” they comment.

Government decision
On Tuesday, however, the regulatory authority gave the Radiation Safety Authority ok to the method – after a five-year review. SSM believes that SKB has succeeded in showing that it is possible to meet all requirements for a radiation-safe final disposal.

The instances have, simply explained the test, the method based on different laws. Today’s opinion of the court’s weight is heavy.

Negotiations took place all autumn in the Land and Environmental Court of the Nacka District Court. The decision of the Environmental Court is one of five that must be passed before all is clear.

The government ultimately has the final word.

As posted 23 January 2018 at https://www.svt.se/nyheter/lokalt/uppsala/idag-avgorande-beslut-om-slutforvar-i-forsmark