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Support Action: Pilot Initiative for European Regional Repositories - SAPIERR, Final Report

Project ID: 509071


The majority of European countries, even those without nuclear power industry, produce long-lived radioactive waste that cannot be accepted in near-surface or subsurface disposal facilities. It is widely acknowledged that disposal in deep geological formations is a technically feasible and safe method for managing these types of radioactive waste. However, construction of a deep geological repository is a very demanding and costly task.
Some countries, especially those with small and medium nuclear programmes, may not have the resources or full range of expertise to build their own deep geological repositories. Other countries may - simply as a good, economical management practice - deem it wise to consider the possibility of sharing both the costs and the benefits of deep geological disposal with other countries. SAPIERR (Support Action: Pilot Initiative for European Regional Repositories) is the project under the 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission which brings together representatives of the European countries interested in the shared solution of deep geological disposal of radioactive waste. SAPIERR is a pilot initiative helping the European Commission to begin to establish the boundaries of the issue, collating and integrating information in sufficient depth to allow potential regional options to be identified in order to scope the new research and technical development that may be needed to implement these. 21 organisations from 14 countries have taken part in the SAPIERR project. It must be noted that the organisations involved in the project represent only themselves and not the official views of the respective countries. However for simplicity, the group of countries in question is referred to in this document as "SAPIERR countries".

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