Covra, which operates the Netherlands centralised radioactive waste processing and storage facility near Vlissingen-Oost in the municipality of Borselle, in the southwest of the country, said the additional storage space is needed because the current storage building for low- and medium-level radioactive waste is filling up.
The new building is intended for waste that is stored on the premises of medical isotope producer NRG in Petten and for future decommissioning waste. The building also offers potential space for future residual waste.
Covra said it will prepare an environmental impact statement for the new facility and there will be “an extensive consultation procedure”.
Covra is the only company in the Netherlands authorised to collect, process and store radioactive waste. All companies that operate with a permit issued under nuclear energy legislation must send their radioactive waste to Covra.