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Open questions

Before a deep geological repository can be realised, a number of open questions will have to be clarified, such as questions about the development of gas or the receptacles to be used. The state of knowledge about deep geological repositories will be developed gradually until they actually go into operation and so it will be possible to let this newly won knowledge flow into the process.
The requirements that have to be met by a site within each specific stage for each of the three stages of the search have been determined as have those that will have to be complied with by the time the Federal Council makes its decision (issuing of the licence). In the subsequent construction and operating licensing procedure, the authorities will thoroughly study plans to see whether the long-term safety is guaranteed by the deep geological repository.

The Swiss Federal Office of Energy has appointed the Technical Forum on Safety to examine safety related questions.

Further information

Technical Forum on Safety
Contact: Seraina Branschi
Last update: 30.11.2011

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