The licensing process

The licensing process for final disposal of spent nuclear fuel
The nuclear power industry in Sweden is responsible for handeling nuclear waste and spent nuclear fuel. The nuclear power producer's jointly owned company for waste management  The Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co's (SKB)  has submitted it's applications for a final repository for spent nuclera fuel according to the KBS-3 method in March 2011. The applications was submitted to the environmental court and the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM), and they have prepared them and then submitted their pronouncments to the government 23 January 2018. The Government will make the decision on licensing.

The Swedish National Council for Nuclear Waste serves in an advisory capacity to the Government before and during the Government’s examination of application.

The procedure followed in application, examination and decision are described by the:
- Environmental Code
- The Act on Nuclear Activities (1984:3) 

Schematically, the process for licensing under the Environmental Code and the Nuclear Activities Act can be described as in the figure below. The figure is further described in in the Report 2011:2 Licensing under the Environmental Code and the Nuclear Activities Act of a final repository for spent nuclear fuel.