STOCKHOLM, June 13, 2012 /CNW/ - An international review team appointed by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency
(NEA) and commissioned by the Swedish government has reviewed SKB's
application to build a final repository for spent nuclear fuel at
Forsmark. Their conclusion is that the SKB safety analysis provides a
satisfactory and credible platform for the licensing process.
The review has been in progress for over 12 months, and the final report
was presented today. It is an important milestone in the current
licensing process. In the report, NEA states that SKB's method is both
mature and innovative and that it meets the safety requirements.
"We have been looking forward to this final report and are delighted
about the positive opinions expressed in it. Although the licensing
process is still far from being completed, I am happy that the
international review team has given our application such recognition,"
says SKB President Claes Thegerström, commenting the news.
The international review team says that SKB has shown that the method
meets all the specified requirements and is sufficiently safe. They
also point out that there are several areas where additional research
is needed to further strengthen confidence in the findings of the
safety analysis, SKB has already started work and research projects in
a number of these areas.
"A huge amount of material has been reviewed, and many additional
questions have been asked over the past year. We have worked hard to
answer them, and we appreciate the thoroughness of the review report
the international review team has now presented. Their recommendations
provide good support for SKB's continuing work," says Allan Hedin, head
of SKB analysis of long-term safety.
The international review team also emphasizes the importance for SKB to
clearly show the chain of events whereby theory is transformed into
practice, i.e how to translate safety analysis into industrial
production and application. This work is ongoing and will become
increasingly important closer to the start of construction and
operation. The results of this work will be reviewed and evaluated by
the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, SSM, in the coming licensing
The review report also praises SKB's approach to public outreach work
that is described as at the forefront of international practise.
About the OECD-NEA international review team:
OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) is an
international organisation that helps industrialized countries with democracy and market economies.
The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has organized over 15 expert
reviews of safety reports on final repositories for spent nuclear fuel
in different countries.
The International Review Team (IRT) consists of ten experts within
different scientific areas who come from organizations and universities
in seven countries.
The areas of the application that have been reviewed concern long-term
radiation safety and the choice of location and method.
The review was commissioned by the Swedish government and has been
managed by the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, SSM.
The review report is available at the SSM website, http://www.ssm.se.
For further information:
Jessica Alsenlid Otterst +46(0)8-459-85-27