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Finnish radioactive waste management company Posiva Oy has submitted its application for an operating licence for the used fuel encapsulation plant and final disposal facility currently under construction at Olkiluoto. The repository - the first in the world for used fuel - is expected to begin operations in the mid-2020s.

Date: Thursday, 06 January 2022
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The Swedish government on 22 December approved SKB’s application to extend the final repository for short-lived radioactive waste (SFR) in Forsmark. The facility needs to be extended to accommodate decommissioning waste from Swedish nuclear power plants.

Date: Friday, 31 December 2021
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The SFR facility with the Forsmark nuclear power station in the background. Courtesy SKB. The Swedish government has approved nuclear fuel management company SKB’s application to extend the final repository for short-lived radioactive waste (SFR) at Forsmark.

The facility needs to be extended to accommodate decommissioning waste from Swedens’s six nuclear power plants, including three units at the nearby Formsark station.

The SFR began operations in 1988. It has a final disposal capacity of about 63,000 cubic metres of waste, but SKB applied in December 2014 to triple that to about 200,000 cubic metres.

SKB managing director Johan Dasht said the decision was important and creates long-term conditions for decommissioning waste to be disposed of in a safe and secure manner,"

Date: Thursday, 23 December 2021
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Protocols to amend two international instruments strengthening the rights to compensation for those affected by nuclear energy accidents have been formally ratified and will enter into force on 1 January.

Date: Wednesday, 22 December 2021
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Country to phase out nuclear by end of 2022 Germany is planning to shutter its last remaining nuclear plants at the end of 2022, a policy direction set upon a decade ago in the aftermath of the Fukushima-Daiichi accident of 2011. Image courtesy Flickr / i_aoquadrado. A slight majority of Germans see a future role for nuclear energy in the power mix of the country, which has chosen to phase out nuclear by the end of 2022, according to a new survey by international pollster YouGov.

The survey found that 22% of participants want to see nuclear play a “larger” role in power generation at par with that of renewables, while 31% said Germany should still use some nuclear power, but certainly less in comparison with renewables.

Twenty-eight percent of responders were strictly against nuclear power, while another 12% expressed no defined opinion.

Date: Wednesday, 15 December 2021
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The Swedish government has stated that it intends to announce a decision on the expansion of the existing SFR repository for low and intermediate-level waste at Forsmark on 22 December. In a press conference today, Minister of Climate and Environment Annika Strandhäll said a decision on the application for a final repository for used nuclear fuel at Oskarshamn will be announced on 27 January.

Date: Thursday, 09 December 2021
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A pilot study by Sweden's Studsvik AB shows that all of Norway's metallic uranium research reactor fuel could be processed using its oxidation process in less than two years. Several studies have already recommended chemical treatment of the fuel before it is disposed of in an underground repository.

Date: Wednesday, 08 December 2021
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US-based Jacobs said that it had won two new contracts to support the Czech nuclear sector with radioactive waste management services.

Date: Wednesday, 17 November 2021
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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safety Aspects of Long Term Operation (Salto) team of experts has completed a review of long term operational safety of unit 1 and 2 at the Forsmark nuclear power plant in Sweden. The Salto follow-up review mission was requested by the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM).

Date: Tuesday, 09 November 2021
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European industry body Foratom is hopeful that a new conversation around nuclear energy in light of the continent's gas crisis will bring the policy framework needed for it to make a major contribution to 2030 energy targets, a Moody's webinar heard.

Date: Thursday, 04 November 2021
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