October 22, 2019 / 3:54 PM / a month ago

Swedish regulator gives go-ahead to expand nuclear waste plant

OSLO (Reuters) - Sweden’s radiation safety authority on Tuesday supported an application to expand and continue the operations of a radioactive waste repository on the country’s eastern coast.

The government still has to take the final decision on the application for the repository near Sweden’s Forsmark nuclear plant, which is run by Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management (SKB) and stores low and medium level radioactive waste.

SKB plans to expand the existing facility to receive demolition waste from the decommissioning of four nuclear power plants in Sweden which have already shut.

Swedish utility company Vattenfall [VATN.UL] plans to close two more reactors at its Ringhals site by the end of 2020.

Reporting by Lefteris Karagiannopoulos, editing by Nerijus Adomaitis and Alexander Smith

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