In 2011 the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company (SKB) applied for a permit to construct a disposal facility in Östhammar. The Swedish government is expected to make a decision in 2019. The Swedish National Council of Nuclear Waste did a survey to investigate how informed the Swedish Parliamentary Members were in these issues. The first study was done with Members of Parliament (MP) in 2013 and the second with the MPs in 2016. The results of these surveys is discussed in this paper.
Most MPs were aware of the ongoing application process. Rather surprisingly, there were more politicians who knew about the suggestions to use copper canisters, than knew that it is the government that will take a final decision on the matter.
Keywords nuclear waste, repository, Sweden, Member of Parliament, survey