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A number of different players are involved in the disposal of radioactive waste with clearly defined roles allotted to the authorities and the waste producers. Waste producers have to undertake to guarantee the safe disposal of waste and to bear the cost of such an operation. To this end they have founded the National Co-operative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (Nagra). The federal State (Swiss Confederation) provides the legislative framework and is the supervisory and licensing authority.
At the end of each stage, the Federal Council makes its decision concerning the sites.
Provisions are contained in Switzerland's legislation for radiological protection, nuclear safety and disposal of radioactive waste. The federal authorities are responsible for implementation of laws and ordinances and can consult scientific commissions when necessary.

In Switzerland, the waste producers are responsible for the actual disposal of radioactive waste. These are in the main the companies that operate the nuclear power plants. The Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA) and its subsidiary the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) are responsible for disposal of waste stemming from healthcare, industry and research facilities.

Further information

Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE)
Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)
Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI)
Swiss Federal Workgroup for Nuclear Waste (FWNW)
Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Commission (NSC)
National Co-operative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (Nagra)
Contact: Seraina Branschi
Last update: 30.11.2011

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