Nuclear Waste State of the Art Report 2010 - challenges for the final repository programme ID-number: SOU 2010:6

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The Swedish National Council for Nuclear Waste is an independent scientific committee whose mission is to advise the Government on nuclear waste and decommissioning of nuclear facilities.

In the month of February every year, the Swedish National Council for Nuclear Waste publishes an independent review of the current situation in the nuclear waste field, known as a state-of-the-art report. The purpose of the report is to shed light on issues which the Swedish National Council for Nuclear Waste considers particularly relevant and clarify the Council's viewpoints on these issues. The Swedish National Council for Nuclear Waste hereby submits this year's state-of-the-art report (the tenth in this series) entitled Nuclear Waste, State-of-the-Art Report 2010 - challenges for the nuclear repository programme (SOU 2010:6).

During 2009 the Swedish National Council for Nuclear Waste has held hearings and seminars to shed light on relevant issues and carried on discussions with actors in the Swedish final repository programme. At the same time the Council has followed other countries' final repository programmes. Based on the knowledge acquired in this way, the Council has identified two areas (challenges) as being of particular importance in this year's report. These challenges are the engineered barriers (the copper canister and the buffer) and retrievability.

The present report is endorsed by all members and experts in the Swedish National Council for Nuclear Waste.