March 17, 2011 - Assignment

SKB submits applications for world’s first final repository of spent nuclear fuel

The Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company (SKB) has applied for permission to build the world’s first final repository of spent nuclear fuel. An application filed under the Environmental Code has been submitted to the Environmental Court at Nacka District Court in Sweden. SKB has also filed an application in compliance with the Swedish Nuclear Activities Act with the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM).

SKB is applying for a permit from the Environmental Court under the Environmental Code to build and operate a final repository for spent nuclear fuel at an underground depth of approximately 500 meters at Forsmark (in the municipality of Osthammar), as well as for an interim storage facility and encapsulation plant in Oskarshamn. The Environmental Court will now examine the application and give the authorities, organizations and the public an opportunity to be heard. Thereafter, the court will issue a judgment and then refer the case to the government for admissibility. The application filed with the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority will be handled in a similar manner.

SKB was advised by Mannheimer Swartling with the preparation of the applications filed under the Environmental Code and Nuclear Activities Act. The firm will also represent SKB in the environmental hearings. Per Molander and Bo Hansson are handling the matter, primarily assisted by Girion Blomdahl, Kerstin Brinnen and Staffan Löwhagen, all members of the firm’s Environment practice.