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Construction could start in the mid-2020s and take about 10 years to complete Construction of the spent fuel repository could begin in the early 2020s. Courtesy SKB. The municipality of Östhammar in southeast Sweden has approved plans to build a deep geologic repository for spent nuclear fuel, meaning all the documentation is in place for a final decision from the government.

The municipality said the plans had passed a vote at an extraordinary general meeting on 13 October. It said 38 members supported the decision, seven opposed it and three abstained.

The councils of both Östhammar and Oskarshamn municipalities have now approved the application to build a repository at Söderviken, close to the Forsmark nuclear power station, about 140 km north of Stockholm.

Nuclear fuel management company SKB filed an application for a permit to build the repository in 2011 after the Forsmark site was chosen in 2009. The application also includes plans for an encapsulation plant in Oskarshamn. The encapsulation plant has already been approved by Oskarshamn municipality.

Date: Thursday, 15 October 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/municipality-approves-repository-plans-paving-way-for-gov-t-go-ahead-10-3-2020

In what Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB (SKB) describes as a "historic decision", the municipal council of Östhammar yesterday voted in favour of its planned repository for used nuclear fuel at Forsmark. The final decision to authorise the project will now be made by the Swedish government.

Date: Thursday, 15 October 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Swedish-municipality-gives-approval-for-fuel-repos

The Energy Impact Center (EIC) has announced the first major update to OPEN100 - the world's first open-source design and implementation platform for a small, standard nuclear power plant. Launched in February 2020, the project aims to offer developers everything from a web interface to visualise plant and component design, costs studies and construction plans.

Date: Saturday, 03 October 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/More-organisations-participate-in-OPEN100-project

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) has sent proposals for three new regulations for formal consultation. The proposed regulations concern the design, analysis and operation of nuclear power reactors and are intended to take effect on 1 January 2022.

Date: Saturday, 03 October 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/New-nuclear-regulations-proposed-in-Sweden

An extensive EU-funded research project has been launched to investigate the effects of chronic exposure to low doses of radon and other naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) on humans and the environment. The EUR22 million (USD26 million), five-year RadoNorm project involves 56 partners from 22 European countries.

Date: Tuesday, 29 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EU-research-project-focuses-on-radon-and-NORM

World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising said today that the changes needed to transition to a more sustainable future will not happen without the participation of a diverse workforce, and the greater inclusion of women. Speaking to participants in a side event to the International Atomic Energy Agency's 64th General Conference, Rising said the energy sector remains one of the most gender-imbalanced, and that the nuclear sector was no exception.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Diversity-is-at-the-heart-of-a-sustainable-future,

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safety Aspects of Long Term Operation (SALTO) follow-up review mission on 18 September completed a review of long term operational safety of unit 3 at Sweden’s Ringhals nuclear power plant.

Date: Thursday, 24 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-concludes-long-term-operational-safety-review-at-ringhals-8146200

As Member States of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) gather in Vienna this week for the annual General Conference, they should consider making universal the appointment of a National Focal Point on denials of shipment of radioactive materials to boost security of supply of medical isotopes, write Natanael Bruno and Serge Gorlin, co-chairs of the Transport Facilitation Working Group.

Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Time-to-appoint-a-National-Focal-Point-o

Sweden's radioactive waste management company generally meets the legal requirements for ensuring the safe operation of the central interim storage facility for used nuclear fuel (Clab) at Oskarshamn and the SFR repository for low and intermediate-level waste at Forsmark, the regulator said. The Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) said Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB (SKB) can therefore continue to operate the facilities until the next overall assessment in 2028.

Date: Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/SKB-found-fit-for-safe-operation-of-waste-faciliti

The Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI) has announced that the operating licence of the Mühleberg nuclear power plant (KKM) has been replaced with a decommissioning order issued by the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication (DETEC). The single unit 373 MWe boiling water reactor began operations in 1972.

Date: Saturday, 19 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Muhleberg-plant-enters-permanent-decommissioning-s