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Disposal planning


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:

  • Origin, type and quantity of radioactive waste
  • The required deep geological repository, including its design concept
  • Allocation of radioactive waste to deep geological repositories
  • Plan for the construction of the deep geological repositories
  • Duration and required capacity of central and decentralised interim storage
  • Financial plan for the waste management activities up to the time at which the facility is decommissioned
  • Information concept.

Related documents

Publications disposal planning

Further information

Media release dated 28 August 2013 – Bundesrat heisst Entsorgungsprogramm gut (in German)
Media release dated 24 January 2013 – Nächstes Entsorgungsprogramm folgt 2016 (in German)
Media release dated 15 June 2012 – Anhörung zum Entsorgungsprogramm und den behördlichen Stellungnahmen eröffnet (in German)
Contact: Seraina Branschi
Last update: 28.08.2013

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