Uncertainty about whether copper canisters can remain sealed meant the Land and Environment Court rejected SKB’s application for a nuclear waste storage facility. The court stated that it cannot conclude, from the current security analysis, that the waste storage would be safe in the long term.
SKB, which is tasked with dealing with radioactive waste, has spent tens of billions of kronor developing a method for dealing with the waste for at least 100,000 years.
The court decision does not have a legal effect, it is a basis for the government, which now must make a decision about SKB’s application.
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