Environmentalists praise ruling on nuclear waste site in Sweden

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SKB, the nuclear fuel and waste management company, wants to build a terminal storage facility for radioactive nuclear waste in Östhammar municipality, north of Uppsala. (Hans Blomberg/Reuters)
A court on Tuesday says it need more information before it can approve the construction of a nuclear waste storage facility.

The Land and Environment Court decided that SKB, the nuclear fuel and waste management company in Sweden, needs to provide more evidence its plan will keep spent fuel contained for thousands of years until radiation levels return to the original low levels of natural uranium.

A victory for the environment

Johan Swahn, director of the Swedish NGO Office for Nuclear Waste Review, tells Radio Sweden the decision was a victory for the environment.

SKB wants to build a terminal storage facility for radioactive nuclear waste in Östhammar municipality, north of Uppsala.

The company has proposed placing spent fuel inside sealed copper canisters that are then buried 470 meters underground.

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Russia: Russian floating nuclear power plant to be towed through Arctic ice, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Volvo to go all electric starting in 2019, Radio Sweden

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