The approval follows a scheduled assessment carried out under the Nuclear Technology Act and means operations at the two facilities can continue until the next scheduled assessment in 2028.
SSM said it had identified shortcoming, but they had little bearing on radiation safety. Most of the shortcomings were related to lack of depth and unsubstantiated conclusions in documentation. “SSM considers that the deficiencies are of little importance for radiation safety, but that they should be addressed to the next overall assessment,” a statement said.
Clab is about 25 km north of Oskarshamn nuclear power station. It is where all spent nuclear fuel from Sweden’s nuclear power plants is kept while plans are developed to build an encapsulation facility and a final repository for spent nuclear fuel. SKB has said it hopes that construction of the facilities will start in the early 2020s with operation around 10 years later.
The final repository for short-lived radioactive waste is at Forsmark in the municipality of Östhammar. The radioactive waste deposited there is low- and medium-level waste. This means that unlike spent nuclear fuel it does not have to be cooled and is relatively short-lived.
SKB said it had identified and documented measures and improvements designed to maintain and increase radiation safety and these measures had been integrated into day-to-day operations a SKB.