“Nagra is on track”
Nagra’s annual general meeting took place today in Bern. Corina Eichenberger, President of the Board of Directors, emphasised the important progress made by Nagra during 2017 in its search for repository sites. Nagra is thus on track to meet its targets.
“In 2017, we made important progress – Nagra is on track”, said the President of Nagra’s Board of Directors, Corina Eichenberger, at the annual general meeting in Bern. The public consultation phase for Stage 2 of the Sectoral Plan that began last November and has since been completed was an important milestone. The authorities propose further investigation of the three siting regions Jura Ost, Nördlich Lägern and Zürich Nordost in the third and final stage of the site selection process.
Beginning in 2019, deep boreholes are planned in the three siting regions Jura Ost, Nördlich Lägern and Zürich Nordost. The purpose of these extensive investigations is to find the safest site for a deep geological repository. In around four years, Nagra expects to announce the sites for which it will submit a general licence application.
The representatives of the Nagra Cooperative members officially discharged the Board of Directors. New elections were due as the three-year term of office had expired. Dr. Andreas Pfeiffer from Kernkraftwerk Leibstadt tendered his resignation and Dr. Willibald Kohlpaintner from Axpo Power AG was newly elected to the Board of Directors. All other previous members of the Board were re-elected; Corina Eichenberger remains as President.
Annual Report 2017
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According to Swiss nuclear energy legislation, the producers of radioactive waste are responsible for its safe management and disposal. In 1972, the Federal Government and the nuclear power plant operators set up the National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (Nagra) to perform this task. Nagra, which has its headquarters in Wettingen (AG), is the national technical competence centre in the field of deep geological disposal of radioactive waste.
Out of a strong sense of responsibility for the long-term protection of man and the environment, 120 employees are involved daily in performing this important work. The high level of competence is secured by targeted research programmes in two Swiss underground rock laboratories and intensive international collaboration.