STORA is the successor of STOLA-Dessel, which finished its study of the conditions of the disposal of low-level and short-lived waste in the municipality of Dessel in 2004. Here you can read more about the previous history and the subsequent decisions that were taken.
The federal government decides that a definitive solution for Belgian low-level waste should be developed. The residents of the municipalities where this waste disposal could possibly occur should have a say in the matter. Next to a technical part, a social part should also be provided, which would open new perspectives for the municipality involved.
The municipality of Dessel and ONDRAF/NIRAS (National Institution for Radioactive Waste and enriched Fissile materials) found the non-profit organisation STOLA-Dessel. The residents of Dessel vote on whether low-level waste could be disposed definitively in the municipality and on which conditions. In all, 76 residents of Dessel are members of STOLA. Four working groups investigate whether it is technically possible and socially acceptable to dispose of low-level waste in Dessel. At regular moments, the population of Dessel is informed and questioned about the state of affairs.
Alongside STOLA, NIRAS founds associations in three other municipalities to investigate whether disposal there would be possible: in Mol (MONA) and in Fleurus and Farciennes (PaLoFF).
STOLA decides that the disposal of low-level and short-lived waste is possible in Dessel, under well-defined conditions.
In the integrated proposal, safety, health and the environment come first. In addition, there should be positive implications for the residents of Dessel. And in the future, the population should remain involved in the nuclear activities within the municipality. STOLA passes the disposal project to the local Dessel Council.
The local Dessel Council approves STOLA's disposal project, the technical part as well as the social part. With this information, the municipality of Dessel has formulated an answer to the government's request: Belgian low-level and short-lived waste can be disposed of in Dessel, under certain conditions. The federal government ultimately needs to decide where the waste would be disposed of.
After STOLA, MONA and PaLoFF will also propose a disposal project to the local council, after which the municipalities of Mol and Fleurus-Farciennes can apply for such disposal. The government will wait for these files before making a decision.
The non-profit organisation STORA is founded in Dessel. Through STORA the population is involved in nuclear activities in the municipality. About twenty associations forming part of the local social, economical and political life participate in STORA.
The non-profit organisation STOLA-Dessel officially ends its existence.
The federal government has made a decision on the final disposal of Belgian low-level and short-lived waste. The government decided on a surface disposal in Dessel. At this time a new phase began, in which a complete disposal project must be worked out and a binding agreement must be worked out that states the rights and duties of all parties concerned.
ONDRAF/NIRAS, together with STORA and MONA, worked out a first version of the Masterplan of the disposal project, now called the ‘cAt-project’.