Nagra News – May 2022

Welcome to the May edition of our newsletter.

What do we wish for our great-great-great-grandchildren? We asked some politicians this question at a conference on radioactive waste management where the focus was on so-called projects of the century and how to bring them to a successful conclusion.

Again and again, the buzzword “project of the century” is used, also in connection with our task. And rightly so. Discover our most important milestones in a brief overview – from the founding of Nagra in 1972 to 2125 – the year in which the repository is scheduled for closure.

The completion of the deep borehole campaign in Northern Switzerland is a further milestone. The memorable moment when the last drill core was recovered from deep beneath the community of Bachs and brought to the surface has been captured in a short video. The 24/7 telephone hotline for residents, which we provided for 157 weeks, is therefore no longer needed. However, we will remain available during the day until the work has been completed.

From now on, you can also contact us via Instagram @jahrhundertprojekt (project of the century), where we also publish news and stories. We would be delighted if you would join us and become one of our subscribers. Of course, you can still reach us through traditional modes of communication such as telephone, email and our website.

Key Dates in Nagra’s History

We have added the history of Nagra to our website. Follow the timeline from the beginnings in 1972 to the planned closure of the repository in 2125.

Click through the most important milestones now

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A major cross-generational project

This year’s conference on radioactive waste management revolved around projects of the century and what it takes to bring projects such as these to a successful conclusion.

The last drill core

The deep borehole campaign has been completed and we have documented the path taken by our last drill core.

Award for Nagra research work

Radioactive waste management also requires trust, but this cannot be bought, only earned. This is why we provide information about our research work on an ongoing basis.

Germany also considering disposal of radioactive waste in Opalinus Clay

In Germany, areas with an underground layer of Opalinus Clay, the rock in which Switzerland’s deep repository will eventually be constructed, are also being investigated.