Questions over nuclear waste disposal plans
The Swedish nuclear power industry says that it is ready to dispose of its radioactive waste, but it is unclear how safe the method of disposal really is, according to a new report from Swedish Radio News.
A new American report, financed by the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, lends strength to the theory that the copper capsules storing the waste can corrode.
Jan Linder, a corrosion expert with the Authority, told Swedish Radio News that the report shows "that copper can rust under certain conditions in clean water," and that the Swedish Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company hadn't taken that into account.
But Peter Wikberg of the Waste Management Company does not agree with this interpretation, telling Swedish Radio News that the copper corrodes only a negligible amount.