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Sweden Approves Nuclear Waste Site to Keep Its Reactors Running

  • Forsmark site will store spent fuel for at least 100,000 years
  • Only neighboring Finland so far has a permanent storage site

Sweden is set to build a repository for the permanent disposal of used nuclear fuel, the second facility of its kind in the world to win planning approval. 

The proposition for a deep geological site about 150 kilometers (93 miles) north of Stockholm has been approved by the government, Environment Minister Annika Strandhall said at a press conference Thursday. If it secures the required environmental permits, the facility is expected to be completed in about 10 years.