Stage 3

(Video in German only)

In the geological siting areas proposed for stage 3, the findings relating to the site-specific geological conditions will be supplemented by geological studies. The repository projects will be finalised in cooperation with the proposed siting regions and the social and economic impacts of the repositories will be examined in greater detail. Then, approximately in 2024, the National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (Nagra) will submit general licence applications for the construction of the deep geological repositories. These applications will have to be reviewed by the relevant authorities. Towards the end of the 2020s, the Federal Council will decide on the applications for general licences, and its decision will have to be approved by Parliament. Parliamentary resolutions are subject to optional national referenda. If a referendum should be initiated, the Swiss electorate would decide on the award of the general licence, most likely in the early 2030s. Only once this entire process is concluded will the sites for the deep geological repositories be definitive.


Factsheet Stage 3

Conceptual Part of the Sectoral Plan for Deep Geological Repositories (English version only 2008, actual version 2011 in German)

Focus Tiefenlager

Spatial planning and Environment

Visibility analysis of surface facility infrastructure

Socio-economic and ecological impacts study (in German)

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Last modification 22.11.2017

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