Waste Management

Czech Republic / Cabinet Approves Four Sites For Deep Geological Repository

By David Dalton
23 December 2020

Facility could be operational by 2065
Cabinet Approves Four Sites For Deep Geological Repository
One of the potential sites is at Janoch near the Temelín nuclear power station.
The Czech cabinet has approved a shortlist of four potential sites for a deep geological repository and has rubber-stamped legislation that will set out the “rules of the game” and improve transparency throughout the selection and construction process.

A government statement said a new schedule calls for the site to be selected by 2030, five years later than originally planned. The repository is expected to be operational by 2065.

The statement said the four sites are Hrádek, in the south of the country; Horka, also in the south; Březový potok, in the southwest; and Janoch near the Temelín nuclear power station in the southwest.

The four locations were recommended in June as the most suitable of nine potential sites reviewed by the Czech Radioactive Waste Repository Authority (Surao).

Surao’s director Jan Prachař said the shortlist takes the Czech Republic to the same stage as Canada, Sweden and Switzerland among countries planning for the deep geological disposal of used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste.

The Czech Republic’s used nuclear fuel is currently stored at the Temelín and Dukovany nuclear stations, both operated by state majority-owned utility ČEZ.

An underground research centre at Bukov in the central Czech Republic serves as a test site for the long-term management of radioactive waste and as a test site for evaluating the behaviour of the rock environment at a depth corresponding to the expected depth of the repository, about 550 metres.

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