Thousands of nuclear waste containers must be re-opened in Sweden

Sven Ordéus is the CEO of waste company SVAFO. Photo: Marcus Hansson/Swedish Radio
Sven Ordéus is the CEO of waste company SVAFO. Photo: Marcus Hansson/Swedish Radio

Over 7,000 containers of radioactive waste have to be taken out of storage since they contain too much mercury and other liquids, reports Swedish Radio’s science programme.

The nuclear waste company SVAFO says that they cannot send this contaminated waste on to their usual underground bunkers, and will have to spend hundreds of millions to build a special facility to open the containers and deal with the waste.

Another 2844 similar containers have already been sent underground to their final resting place 50 metres under the sea. They will have to be taken out and investigated.

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