The selection of the sites for preparation of general licence applications will be made around the year 2022. It will then be known where the repositories (for HLW and L/ILW) or repository (combined) will be constructed.

The final siting decision of the Federal Council on the granting of the general licence – and with this the end of the third and final stage of the Sectoral Plan process – is expected for 2029.

The decision of the Federal Council on the general licence has to be approved by Parliament and is subject to an optional national referendum (around 2031).

The repository for low- and intermediate-level waste is expected to start operation around 2050 and the high-level waste repository around 2060.


Low- and intermediate-level waste (L/ILW)

High-level waste (HLW)

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