14 March 2014 |

The Court adopts new time frame and mentions process hinders

On the 14:th of March, the Land- and Environmental court of Nacka revised their schedule for processing the application to build final repository for spent nuclear fuel in accordance with the Swedish Environmental Code. According to the former time frame, the court considered to give SKB an injunction to submit completions during January/February of 2014. In the revised plan the court writes that it intends to wait for the completions that SKB are to submit in June. Thereafter, so the court writes, the question of the need for completions will be tried and also whether they are of such character that they are to be considered a process hinder.

The Land- and Environmental court of Nacka is reviewing the application to build a final repository for spent nuclear fuel in accordance with the Swedish Environmental Code, an application submitted by the power industry’s nuclear waste company SKB. Along side of this, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority is reviewing the application in accordance with the Act on Nuclear Activities.

During fall of 2013, and for the second time, all parties involved raised the question of the application needing completions. Hence, the nuclear waste company was prompted to summarize their views on the needs in question. This happened on the 18th of November.

Since then, the court has reviewed the application as well as the demands for completions. On the 14th of March the court revealed a new time frame, stating that they will in fact await the completions that SKB are to submit in June.

The schedule states that when the completions of June are received, the follow will happen:

”The Land- and Environmental Court will try the question whether there is a need for further completions, and whether these needs are of such character that they are to be considered a process hinder. Possibly, there will be an oral preparation for the completion-part, and possibly, SKB will be given an injunction to submit further completions to the application. If deemed necessary, the authority, the other bodies of referral, organizations and parties concerned will be given opportunity to speak their cause, in regard to SKB’s completions”

The Swedish NGO Office for Nuclear Waste Review, MKG, finds it interesting that the court, for the first time, mentions that the need for completions may be of such magnitude that there might be an issue of process hinder at hand. If so, this might be a reason to reject the application before it is promulgated. 

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