Environmental impact assessment report for Loviisa nuclear power plant
On 6 September 2021, Fortum Power and Heat Ltd submitted an environmental impact assessment report (EIA report) to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. The EIA report is a document prepared by the party responsible for the project that includes information about the project, its alternatives and an assessment of its environmental impacts that are likely to be significant.
The EIA report follows the EIA procedure, which began in August 2020, when the party responsible for the project submitted an environmental impact assessment programme to the Ministry. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, acting as a coordinating authority, organised a public consultation on the matter and issued its opinion on the programme in November 2020.
The report assesses the impact of continuing the operation of the Loviisa nuclear power plant by a maximum of 20 years, or alternatively, decommissioning the plant when the current operating licences expire. These alternatives affect the operating period of the final disposal facility for low-level and intermediate-level nuclear waste (operating waste). The project is also subject to the transboundary environmental impact assessment specified in the Espoo Convention.
Statements or opinions may be submitted from 20 September to 18 November 2021 on the website Lausuntopalvelu.fi, by e-mail to [email protected] or by letter to the Registry of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. The address of the Registry of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is PO Box 32, FI-00023 GOVERNMENT. The visiting address is Ritarikatu 2 B, 00170 Helsinki. Please include the register number VN/20577/2021 in all statements and opinions.
A public hearing will take place on Thursday 7 October 2021 at 18.00-21.00 at Lovisavikens School and online at www.fortum.fi/loviisayva. The presentations will be in Finnish and Swedish but participants may ask questions also in English. In the event, citizens will have an opportunity to receive information about the project and its environmental impact.