Nuclear Waste

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Operating Reactors: 10
Reactors in Construction: 0
Reactors Being Decommissioned: 3


High Level Waste in Interim Storage Facilities:
5,332 t HM duel elements

Other Nuclear Waste:
More than 3,000 m³ of low and medium level waste is stored in interim storage facilities and 31,768 m³ in near-surface final disposal facilities. In addition, 14.836 m³ of very low level waste is stored in landfill sites. There are no concrete plans exist for the disposal of persistent low and medium level waste. A final repository for this waste is planned to be commissioned in 2045, at the very earliest.


Waste Management Concept for High Level Waste:

Spent fuel elements are centrally stored in a near-surface interim storage facility. A final repository is planned to be constructed with a depth of 500 m in deep geological formations with a retrieval option.


Final Disposal Situation for High Level Waste:

In 2009, Östhammer was named as the final repository site. It is planned to be commissioned in 2025.



Problems:

Hard rock is jointed and it therefore carries water. According to latest scientific findings, even copper that has so far been said to be very corrosion-resistant would begin to rust under certain geochemical conditions in the final repository within 1,000 years. However, within this time frame, not even the less persistent atoms will have decayed.