Update of the national programme for the management of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste has begun


The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority have published a draft of the national programme on the management of spent fuel and radioactive waste and an environmental report concerning the programme. Both documents can be found at the bottom of this page.

The national programme is a complete plan that aims to ensure that all spent fuel and radioactive waste generated in Finland are safely managed. All waste management measures must be implemented without undue delay. The national programme presents the general objectives, principles, amounts, locations for spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste management and estimates on waste management costs and timetables. 

The policy and national programme on the management of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste are based on Council Directive (2011/70/Euratom), the Nuclear Energy Act (1987/990) and the Radiation Act (859/2018). 

The environmental report includes a description of the project’s operating environment, objectives and likely significant environmental impacts. The assessment of environmental impacts was conducted in accordance with the Act on Environmental Impact Assessments of Public Authorities’ Plans and Programmes (200/2005). 

The first national programme on the management of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste was completed in summer 2015. Updating the programme is necessary for the development of national activities and the future international assessments that will be conducted at regular intervals. 

The authorities, operators in the sector, citizens and communities had the opportunity to present statements and opinions on the plan during the period 5 August - 10 September 2021. The draft, environmental statement and the related public notice are also published on the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health website at www.stm.fi and on the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority’s website at www.stuk.fi. 

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