Here, you can find scientifically sound information on the topic of radioactive waste and its safe disposal.
Irina Gaus elected to Nagra’s Executive Board
Nagra's Board of Directors has appointed Irina Gaus as Head of the Optimisation Division and member of the Executive Board. She will take over her new responsibilities from 1st January 2023. With Irina Gaus, a proven leader and distinguished scientist is taking over the continuous improvement of the project of the century of deep geological disposal of radioactive waste.
The role of science
«The geology has spoken.» This was the justification for the siting proposal for Switzerland's deep geological repository. There is a lot of science behind this simple sentence. Lyesse Laloui, Full Professor and Director of the Soil Mechanics Laboratory at the EPFL Lausanne, talks about his motivation to make life better for us all, the research collaboration with Nagra and the role of science in the project of the century for a deep geological repository.
Nagra proposes “Nördlich Lägern” as the site for a repository
Nördlich Lägern is the safest site for a deep geological repository: here, the rock deep below the surface best confines the radioactive waste for a very long time. Nagra’s investigations demonstrate this. The siting proposal is an important milestone in the project of the century of deep geological disposal.
Deep boreholes provide direct insight into the underground geological environment and its structure. Since 2019, Nagra has been drilling deep boreholes for the detailed investigation of the rock formations in the potential repository siting regions for a deep geological repository, Jura Ost, Nördlich Lägern and Zürich Nordost.
Offers for schools
Radioactive waste must be safely disposed of for up to one million years until it no longer poses a hazard. Is it even possible to find a safe solution for such an enormously long time? Nagra’s researchers believe that, yes, this can indeed be done. They rely on geology and on the fact that deep beneath the earth’s surface, time practically stands still.
Have repositories been constructed?
Deep geological disposal is an internationally recognised waste management solution. Some countries are already successfully operating low- and intermediate-level waste repositories, and Finland is constructing the first high-level waste repository, which will be ready in the next few years.
Mont Terri Rock Laboratory
The Mont Terri Rock Laboratory is an underground research laboratory in Canton Jura where 22 partners from 9 nations work together. As the primary research partner, we will gladly guide you through the rock laboratory, which is managed by swisstopo, the Swiss Federal Office of Topography.