The Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI) has called for the systematic management of the aging of containers in the country’s interim radioactive waste storage facilities. The requirement follows the completion of a study into container aging and fuel handling in such facilities. Radioactive waste in Switzerland is held at interim storage sites before it can be disposed of in deep geological repositories. The interim storage containers were originally designed to be used for a period of 40 years, but such repositories are now not expected to be operational until 2050-2060. Some of the waste, therefore, will be stored in the interim containers for more than 40 years.
World Nuclear News 15th March 2017 read more »