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Most of the radioactive waste in Switzerland comes from the five nuclear power plants, though a certain amount is also produced in the healthcare sector, industry and from research. By the time the existing nuclear power plants reach the end of their specified service life, a safe and secure means of disposal will have to be found for approximately 100,000 cubic metres of radioactive material. In the meantime, radioactive waste is being stored in secure halls on the surface as an interim solution. These halls are located on the premises of the nuclear power plants themselves, and at two central interim storage facilities in the Canton of Aargau.
Source: Zwilag
Radioactive waste exists today and will be produced in the service time of the existing nuclear power plants, even if Switzerland phases out nuclear energy as a source for the production of electricity.

Experts all over the world agree that, based on the present-day status of knowledge, storing radioactive waste in geological rock layers is the safest solution. In view of this, the Swiss Federal Nuclear Energy Act calls for storage in a deep geological repository.

In Switzerland, the responsibility for disposing of radioactive waste is borne by those who produce it. It is the operators of nuclear power plants who are responsible for the disposal of waste produced from nuclear energy, while the federal State (Swiss Confederation) is responsible for managing radioactive waste from healthcare, industry and research. In 1972, these two parties founded the National Co-operative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (Nagra), which plans the final disposal of waste and carries out the needed research in this field.

Further information

Waste categories
Waste volume
Search for suitable sites for deep geological repositories
Contact: Seraina Branschi
Last update: 30.11.2011

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