Nuclear Energy Development projects
The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment draws on the expertise of national working groups and various development projects to develop the use of nuclear energy. In recent years there have been several working groups, such as the REILA Group, which evaluated the reform of the Nuclear Energy Act. On the basis of the REILA Working Group, the preparation of a comprehensive reform of nuclear energy legislation was launched in the light of the difficulty of existing regulations, changes in the operating environment of nuclear facilities and expected developments. Preparation of the overall reform of the Nuclear Energy Act will be carried out on the basis of the policy of Prime Minister Petteri Orpo's Government Programme.
New nuclear technologies such as small modular reactors (SMR) are also taken into account in the overall reform. The challenges posed by new technologies have been investigated by VN-TEAS PIEMOS, which studied the location and technology, as well as SMR operating models surveys.
In June 2017, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment set up a working group (YETI) to examine the objectives, development measures and solutions for nuclear waste management and other radioactive waste management objectives, development measures and solutions from the present to the long future. According to the YETI Working Group, all radioactive waste already present in Finland and will continue to be generated must be properly managed regardless of its origin, producer or production method. Work on the recommendations and proposals of the YETI Working Group continues in the YETI monitoring group. In addition, the monitoring group monitors national and international developments in this field and draws up development policies.
- The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment appointed a working group to examine the need to amend the Nuclear Energy Act.
- Productivity of the investment activities of the National Nuclear Waste Management Fund could be improved.
Further information: juho.korteniemi(at)gov.fi