Decommissioning

Switzerland / Nuclear Industry Considers Action Over Decommissioning Fund Decision

By David Dalton
15 November 2019

Operators say changes will have far-reaching consequences and lead to additional costs
Nuclear Industry Considers Action Over Decommissioning Fund Decision
The the single-unit Mühleberg station is scheduled for decommissioning. Photo courtesy BKW.
Switzerland’s nuclear energy industry has strongly criticised an amendment to regulations on decommissioning and waste disposal funds and said it reserves the right to take legal action over the decision.

The amendment of the decommissioning and waste disposal funds for nuclear facilities, passed by the Federal Council and due to take effect at the beginning of January 2020, includes a reduced yield from the two funds from 2% to 1.6%. It also does away with a 30% safety margin.

The companies affected said the amendment will have far-reaching consequences and lead to additional costs.

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