Socio-economic impacts

Economic, ecological and societal impacts of a deep geological repository on a siting region.

In Stage 2, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) investigated the economic, ecological and societal impacts of deep geological repositories in all the siting regions. Additional questions were prepared by the regional conferences to supplement these socio-economic studies. The results of this work provide important background for the regions, particularly when discussing long-term development strategies both with and without a repository. The results also provided input for the overall assessment for the decision of the Federal Council on Stage 2.

The socio-economic-ecological studies had no influence on the selection of the geological siting regions proposed in Stage 2. Safety always has the highest priority in the stepwise site selection process as specified in the Sectoral Plan. According to the SFOE, if a geological siting region that is highly suitable in terms of safety were to be placed in reserve on the basis of spatial planning disadvantages relating to the siting areas for the surface facilities, this would contradict the primary aim of achieving the highest possible level of safety.

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