Having just a week to decide, Sweden is most likely to have their lights go out completely. The country is facing an issue of nuclear waste storage since, six of its reactors supply a third of the nation’s power ultimately, triggering a national power crisis putting Sweden’s net-zero target at risk.
Recently, Japan had planned to dispose of a whopping 1 million cubic meters of treated radioactive water from Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean, making matters even worse. Sweden, which counts on renewables for a large part of its power production, will need nuclear as well as emission cuts from its heavy industry and transport to reach its net-zero goal by 2045.
A repository was to be built as an application was filed by the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Management Co. before more than 20 years ago. It was also ratified by the neighboring country, Finland while Russia chose to go forward with big-budgeted recycling.
However, the government is yet to approve the building plan of the site for nuclear waste disposal.