Spent nuclear waste in Forsmark?
On 16 March 2011 SKB, the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company, applied for permits to build a final deposit for spent nuclear fuel in Forsmark, in the northern part of the municipality of Östhammar. The applications were submitted to The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority and The Land and Environmental Court in Stockholm.
These authorities will, after extensive review of the applications, give the Swedish government their opinions. The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority rewievs the applications on the basis of the Swedish Nuclear Activities Act and The Environmental Court reviewes the applications on the basis of Sweden's Environmental Code.
The process of rewieving the applications includes referring them to a number of other authorities, experts and organizations for consultation. The process is expected to take serveral years.
An important decision to make
The government of Sweden makes the final decision on wheter to allow SKB to build a repository or not, but the municipality of Östhammar has a uniqe role in the process. The municipality has a veto and will be asked by the government if it accepts a final deposit in Forsmark or not.
The municipality is involved
The municipality of Östhammar has been asked for viewpoints regarding whether SKB:s applications need to be supplemented or not from both the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) and the Environmental Court. The municipality sent our statement of opinion to the authorities the first of june 2012.
The municipality of Östhammar has followed developments in the issue of Swedish nuclear waste closely for more than 15 years.