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Nuclear Waste

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In Finland, nuclear waste is generated in the nuclear power plants at Loviisa and Olkiluoto, and at the research reactor at Otaniemi. To comply with Finnish law, the management of nuclear waste, including final disposal, must take place in Finland. The producers of the waste, i.e. the operators of a nuclear power plants are responsible for preparation, funding, and the safe implementation of nuclear waste management. STUK is responsible for the control of the safety of nuclear waste management.

The final disposal of nuclear waste has only been implemented for low and intermediate level waste. The final disposal of high level waste has not yet been commenced anywhere. Many nuclear power-producing countries, including Finland, have long-term research and development programs which aim to implement the final disposal of high level nuclear waste.

Page updated 12/05/2009