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Environmental Report 1998

Environmental Report 1998

It Always Pays to Invest

It Always Pays to Invest in the Environment the fact that the melting facility will be more than twice its existing capacity. Our customers, mainly the nuclear power industry, place high demands on our environmental performance. The entire nuclear industry must comply with very stringent regulatory requirements. The hazards of our business activities have been clearly identified and the requirements are based on zero tolerance of accidents and incidents. To comply with these requirements, the services and products that we provide to the nuclear power industry must be safe to use and must limit the environmental impact of our customers. To meet these high demands, we aim for all of the companies in the Studsvik Group to be environmentally certified. During 1997, Studsvik RadWaste AB obtained ISO 14001 certification. Stensand Specialserviceföretaget AB is an approved supplier to the Swedish nuclear power industry, an approval which essentially corresponds to ISO certification. My intention is for all companies within the Group to be able to be environmentally certified no later than by the year 2000. It always pays to invest in the environment. Our environmental work and environmental policy are based on this belief. We work systematically, concentrating in turn on each of the sources of the largest emissions. Once we have identified a source, we reduce the environmental impact by improving our procedures or, if necessary, by investing in new and improved technology. Examples of procedures that we have improved during 1998 include the handling of effluent from fuel investigations. By casting the waste directly in concrete, we can completely eliminate radioactive releases. We have also decided to invest in another sedimentation pool to reduce the emission of heavy metals to water. We shall also invest in a highly efficient filter system in connection with the planned expansion of our melting facility. The filter system will reduce dust emissions, in spite of Is compliance with regulatory requirements enough? Probably – from a formal point of view. However, it is still of the utmost importance that we should not rest on our laurels. Passivity is, in itself, hazardous. We must always be proactive and focused on our environmental work. Therefore, the fundamental principle of the Studsvik Group is to constantly improve and reinforce this work, even if the levels of our emissions and releases are already well below the regulatory limits. In order to strengthen the co-ordination between the companies within the Group, during 1998, we appointed a co-ordinator for all of our quality and environmental work. The Group’s focus on and commitment to environmental work are clarified by the fact that environmental issues are permanently on the agenda of the Group management, at executive meetings and in our reporting to the Board of Directors. Now that the Studsvik Group, for the first time, is publishing an environmental report, this document also demonstrates our commitment to the environment. Carsten Olsson, Chief Executive Officer 6

Studsvik’s Concept for Successful Environmental Work that environmental work is given a high priority and that the required resources are made available. 2 Openness Internal and external communication is an important factor for Studsvik’s credibility. This is an area that was previously underestimated. It is not enough for us to only provide information to those who are directly involved in an issue. We must also inform a broader group of stakeholders. This environmental report - the first separate environmental report published by Studsvik - is a demonstration of our openness. Since the environmental report is to apply to the Studsvik Group as a whole, environmental work by the various companies must be co-ordinated. This process can be improved. The environmental work is largely implemented by the subsidiaries and there has previously not been a great need for co-ordination. This environmental report focuses on the activities located at Studsvik. We intend to include the activities conducted by the entire Studsvik Group in the future. We have worked for many years with environmental issues. Previously, the work was related to nuclear safety and radiation protection, where regulatory requirements are, and have always been, high. In recent years, we have to a large extent also focused on conventional environmental issues. However, even if we have already done a lot of work, we aim to be even better. To succeed, we need the commitment and active involvement of all of the employees of the Studsvik Group. The following five points are part of our concept for successful environmental work: 1 Management Commitment The commitment of the management is a critical factor for success. This means the commitment of managers at all levels – within the parent company as well as subsidiaries. The Chief Executive Officer and the presidents of the subsidiaries are personally involved in the improvement process. This ensures 1) See glossary. 3 Environmental Work – A Natural Part of Our Daily Work In order to stimulate commitment to environmental work, it must become a part of our daily work. This is essential, but it also sometimes places considerable demands on the individual. Quality, the environment, occupational safety and health are interconnected. Although most of the companies of the Studsvik Group have so far chosen to have separate management systems for these activities, there is an increasing tendency towards integration, in the form of the SMAK system. 1) 4 Expansion Taking into Account Environmental Issues As the Studsvik Group expands, we must pay extra attention to ensure that environmental issues are adequately taken into account. Acquired companies may have to establish environmental management systems and newly recruited employees must be given adequate environmental training. 5 Certification Certification in accordance with the ISO 14001 international environmental management standard and regular external audits ensure that environmental work is given adequate priority. The companies within the Group are either already certified, or are planning to have their environmental management systems certified, in accordance with ISO 14001. Karin Brodén, Environmental Co-ordinator 7

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