Record level of support for final repository
Support for final repositories in Östhammar and Oskarshamn is stronger than ever. No fewer than 86% of residents in those municipalities support SKB’s plans to build a final repository for spent nuclear fuel in Forsmark and an encapsulation plant in Oskarshamn. This is revealed by a Novus survey conducted in spring 2023.
– We’re proud of the high level of support and trust among residents of the municipalities. This creates favourable conditions for final disposal of spent nuclear fuel in Sweden, which is important for the generation of fossil-free electricity, says Anna Porelius, Head of Communications at SKB.
– SKB has a world-leading, approved method for the final disposal of residual products from the nuclear power plants. Two municipalities want to host the final repositories, and funding has been secured. It’s a sustainable system, in which the generations that use electricity generated by nuclear power will assume responsibility for the entire life cycle.
Just over 90% of residents in the two municipalities believe that SKB will make a positive contribution to local development.
– Attractive municipalities are important, so that we can recruit and that our employees want to live and work locally. We naturally want to make a contribution here, as we’ll be conducting operations into the 2090s, says Anna Porelius.
The survey was conducted by Novus during the period 8 March – 2 April 2023. It comprises 800 telephone interviews conducted with residents of both Oskarshamn and Östhammar municipalities, and has a statistical margin of error of +/- 2.8% to 3.5%, depending on the outcome.