On the evening of 13 October 2020, an extra municipal council meeting was held in Östhammar Municipality where the Forsmark nuclear power plant is situated. After a debate where some council members wondered why the municipality is in such a hurry and not waiting for either review results from the LOT experiment or a question from the government, the council voted to give an unreserved yes to establishing the spent fuel repository at Forsmark.
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The Swedish nuclear waste company SKB has published a report from the 20-year old LOT experiment with copper and clay in the Äspö Hard Rock Laboratory at the Oskarshamn nuclear power plant. In the report (SKB TR-20-14), the company presents analyses and interpretations of the results regarding copper corrosion and compares them with results from previous experiments and with model calculations. Miljöorganisationernas kärnavfallsgranskning MKG (The Swedish NGO office for Nuclear Waste Review) has made an initial analysis of the report and finds it scientifically inferior, but it is still clear that copper corrodes so much in a nuclear fuel repository environment that the metal cannot be used as canister material. The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority’s SSM’s quality assurance can now be started in earnest, and it is very much needed. MKG has submitted comments as a contribution to SSM’s review work, including the issue of the importance of when the experiment packages became anoxic.
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