Sweden: More nuclear waste stored in the sea?

The Swedish nuclear power plant Forsmark in 2006. (Fredrik Sandberg/AFP/Getty Images)
The Swedish nuclear power plant Forsmark in 2006. (Fredrik Sandberg/AFP/Getty Images)
The Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company (SKB) has applied to expand its final repository for short-lived radioactive waste (SFR) outside the Town of Forsmark in central Sweden.

The company wrote in a press release that one of the reasons for the application is to dispose of waste from the closed reactors in Barsebäck, in Southern Sweden, and to prepare for future decommissioning.

The plan is for the expansion to build six new rock vaults beneath the seabed outside Forsmark, which would triple the storage capacity to approximately 171,000 cubic meters of waste.

The application, submitted to the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority and the Land and Environment Court on Friday, is 6,000 pages long.

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