30 December 2013 |

SSNC and MKG’s joint statement on the research- and development program Fud-13

The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation and the Swedish NGO Office for Nuclear Waste Review, MKG, has submitted a joint statement on the power industry’s nuclear waste company’s research and development program Fud-13 to the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority.

According to the Act on Nuclear Activities, the power industry’s nuclear waste company SKB has to produce a research- and development program (Fud), for their work on handling and storing radioactive waste, as well as on the demolition of the nuclear reactors. The latest program, the Fud 13, was handed to the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority by the end of September. The authority, in turn, submitted the statement to the body of referral for comments.

On December 30, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation [SSNC] and the Swedish NGO Office for Nuclear Waste Review, MKG, submitted their statement on the Fud-13 to the authority.

According to the statement of SSNC/MKG, there are great issues concerning the Swedish model in terms of execution and funding of the planned final repository for spent nuclear fuel, as well as of the demolition of nuclear facilities. The problems are of such nature that there is a great risk of radioactive waste coming future generations to harm. Moreover, there is a great risk that the government, that is to say the tax-payers, will have to pay substantial costs in order to handle the radioactive waste the nuclear industry has produced, and is still producing.

SSNC/MKG note that the Swedish system for the management of nuclear waste is infused with error, which the Government must mend. We have put together a number of suggestions on how to remedy this problem.

The central issues according to SSNC/MKG are:

  • The impossibility of regulating the Swedish nuclear waste-program via the Fud-program, in practice
  • The principle of liability, and who is responsible for promoting the public interest
  • The power industry running the entire nuclear waste-operation in the form of a private company, without the possibility of public insight
  • Significant inadequacies in the license application to build a final repository for spent nuclear fuel
  • Inadequacies in the final repository for short-lived radioactive waste, SFR
  • Inadequacies in the planning for the demolition of nuclear reactors
  • Inadequacies in the financing-system

 

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