Update of the national policy and programme for spent fuel and radioactive waste management has started

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority have published a plan for updating the national policy and programme for spent fuel and radioactive waste management and assessing their environmental impact. 

The national policy for spent fuel and radioactive waste management refers to a strategy for managing spent fuel and radioactive waste generated in Finland. The national programme is a comprehensive plan aimed at ensuring that all spent fuel and radioactive waste generated in Finland is managed safely and in a way that all waste management measures from the generation of waste to its final disposal are carried out without undue delay. The purpose of the environmental impact assessment is to take better account of environmental impacts when preparing and approving the national programme and to improve the public’s access to information and their opportunities for participation and to promote sustainable development.

The national policy and programme for spent fuel and radioactive waste management are based on Council Directive 2011/70/Euratom, the Nuclear Energy Act (990/1987) and the Radiation Act (859/2018). The environmental impact assessment will be carried out in accordance with the Act on the Environmental Impact Assessment of Public Authorities’ Plans and Programmes (200/2005).

The first report on the national policy and programme as required by Council Directive 2011/70/Euratom was completed in summer 2015. Updating the programme is necessary to develop activities at the national level and to carry out international reviews at regular intervals. 

Public authorities, operators in the sector, members of the public and communities have the opportunity to issue statements and opinions on the plan by 19 March 2021. The plan is available in Finnish and Swedish. More detailed instructions on how to issue statements and opinions are given in the public notice. The statements and opinions together with any personal data included in them may be published on the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment’s project page. The Ministry’s privacy policy statements are available at tem.fi/tietosuojaselosteet.

The plan and the related public notice have also been published on the website of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health at www.stm.fi and on the website of the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority at www.stuk.fi. The plan and the related public notice will be available for viewing between 9 February and 19 March 2021

The statements and opinions will be taken into account when updating the national policy and programme for spent fuel and radioactive waste management and drawing up a report on their environmental impact assessment. After that, a consultation on the drafts will be conducted in spring 2021. 
 

More information: Linda.Kumpula(at)tem.fi