The waste from nuclear power plants is one of the most dangerous environmental toxins ever created by humans.
The Swedish nuclear power industry has been working since the 1970s to find a solution to the problem of how to deal with these wastes. This work has been carried out by a joint owned waste company – SKB AB (Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company).
This company is now working in the Östhammar and Oskarshamn municipalities to find a site they consider suitable for a final repository for spent nuclear fuel.
Oss is a local public opinion and environmental group in Östhammar that is monitoring and examining the project and, in contrast to SKB, is working to find the best solution from an environmental perspective.
The Public Opinion Group for Safe Final Storage of Radioactive Waste (Oss) was formed in 1996 in conjunction with a decision to include the municipality of Östhammar as a possible site for the eventual establishment of a final repository for spent nuclear fuel.
Oss’ ambition is to critically examine the project to find out whether the dangerous radioactive waste will be taken care of using the best method from an environmental perspective and to ensure that the site chosen provides the best possible protection for the environment and for generations to come.
Oss is a non-profit association with no political or religious affiliation and which according to its statutes works to:
For this work, Oss has received economic support from the national Kärnavfallsfond (Nuclear Waste Fund) via the municipality of Östhammar.
The Oss Board members are Kenneth Gunnarsson (chairperson), Guy Madison, Inga Alm, Inger Nord, Christina Larsson, Bo-Lennart Janervärn and Miles Goldstick.
The Oss Position
The Public Opinion Group for Safe Final Storage of Radioactive Waste (Oss) wants a solution to the issue of final storage of nuclear waste. Our position is that sustainable development and long-term protection for people and the environment must fully determine the choice of method and site. After almost ten years of work with the issue, we can however ascertain that the nuclear power industry’s project for final storage for low, medium and highly radioactive nuclear waste from the Swedish nuclear power plants is marred by many weaknesses and uncertainties. To provide the nuclear waste project with the required necessary credibility, we therefore believe that:
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