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Swedish regulator approves waste programme

The nuclear power industry’s research and development programme to handle waste from Sweden’s nuclear power plants meets legal requirements, regulator SSM has told the government.

The main point of the latest programme is the presentation of plans for development of a final repository for long-lived radioactive waste.

The planned repository at Forsmark is intended to accommodate about 12,000 tonnes of spent nuclear fuel. SKB has said it hopes to start construction “in the early 2020s”.