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The Swedish Government plans to abolish Sweden’s ban on uranium mining

Sweden's Ministry of Climate and Environment has announced the launch of an investigation to abolish the country's ban on uranium mining. The investigation will determine what rule changes are needed to enable uranium extraction. It will analyse whether the requirement for the government's admissibility review should be limited to cover uranium mining only when it is a nuclear activity.

In May 2018, the Swedish parliament passed an amendment to the Environmental Code banning uranium exploration and mining in the country. Since August 2018, no permits for uranium exploration or mining have been issued. 

There is currently no uranium mining in Sweden, which has six nuclear power reactors providing about 1/3 of its electricity. Sweden imports most of its nuclear fuel, including all enrichment services. As of end-2022, Sweden’s uranium resources are estimated at 9,600 t. Sweden's bedrock is thought to contain large assets of energy metals, including uranium.

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