Where does radioactive waste come from? What volumes are involved? How large does a deep geological repository have to be? How much does a deep geological repository cost? All these questions are answered by the National Co-operative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (Nagra) in its disposal programme. It provides a complete overview of the status of radioactive waste management in Switzerland, and the existing plans for disposal up to the time at which each facility is decommissioned.
Nagra has to update this programme regularly. The disposal programme is examined by the relevant federal authorities, followed by a public inspection and consultation. After completion, the Federal Council will decide whether or not to approve the programme.
The Swiss Federal Nuclear Energy Ordinance (KEV) stipulates which details have to be included in the disposal programme: