Environmental impact assessment on the final disposal of very low-level nuclear waste in the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant area

On 14 May 2021, Teollisuuden Voima Oyj submitted an environmental impact assessment report (EIA report) under the Act on Environmental Impact Assessment Procedure (252/2017) to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. The EIA report is a document prepared by the party responsible for the project. It 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 started in August 2020, when the party responsible for the project submitted an environmental impact assessment programme to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. The Ministry, acting as the coordinating authority, organised a public consultation on the matter and issued its opinion on the programme in October 2020. The documents related to the programme stage are available on the Finnish website.

The assessment procedure concerns the construction of a near-surface disposal facility for very low-level nuclear waste in the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant area in Eurajoki. As an alternative to this, it is proposed that the existing final disposal facility built into the bedrock could be expanded. To put a final disposal facility for very low-level nuclear waste into service requires a licence from the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority under section 21 of the Nuclear Energy Act (990/1987).

Public consultation concerning the EIA report is organised as part of the assessment procedure between 1 June and 31 July 2021. Statements or opinions may be submitted 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 of the Registry of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is Ritarikatu 2 B, 00170 Helsinki. Please include the register number VN/10756/2021 in all statements and opinions. 

A webinar for the public is organised on 17 June 2021 at 18.00-20.00. The web address of the webinar is https://tvo.videosync.fi/yleisotilaisuus-170621.

Any statements and opinions presented are published on the Finnish website.  The Ministry's data protection statement is available on our website. The coordinating authority will consider the statements and opinions in its statement on the assessment report.

The EIA report in available on the Finnish website.

More information: Linda Kumpula and Salla Palander