The Norwegian government plans to use NOK 691 million to clean up Norwegian nuclear waste in next year’s state budget, an increase of NOK 95 million from the previous year.
According to the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the government plans to give NOK 292 million to Norwegian nuclear decommissioning and NOK 349 million to the Department of Energy Technology (IFE).
There is also an offer of a loan to IFE of NOK 40 million included in the sum for clean-up, aimed at covering costs related to the relocation of the laboratory and other infrastructure in the nuclear area at Kjeller.
All Norwegian research reactors are closed, but there is still nuclear waste that must be handled to avoid damage to people and the environment.
“Now we are in a phase where the priority tasks are planning clean-up and safe operation of the facilities in a closed state,” Minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø (V) noted.
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