EIA programme on the final disposal of very low-level nuclear waste in the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant area

On 14 August 2020, Teollisuuden voima Plc submitted an environmental impact assessment programme (EIA programme) under the Environmental Impact Assessment Procedure Act (252/2017) to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. The EIA programme is a plan concerning the investigations and arrangements required to assess the environmental impact of a project, prepared by the party responsible for the project. The programme includes information about the project and its alternatives and a description of the current state of the environment.

The assessment programme 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 deep geological repository currently in use could be expanded. To put a repository for very low-level nuclear waste into service a licence under the Nuclear Energy Act (990/1987) issued by the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority is required.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment acts as the coordinating authority for the environmental impact assessment procedure (EIA procedure).

Public consultation concerning the EIA programme was organised as part of the assessment procedure between 21 August and 21 September 2020. The Ministry requested statements from several authorities, corporations and municipalities in the affected area and provided citizens and communities with an opportunity to express their opinions. The statements and opinions are published at the bottom of this page and were taken into consideration in the coordinating authority's statement on the EIA programme. The Ministry's data protection statement is available on our website.

The public event was held at the municipal government office of Eurajoki on 8 September 2020. During the event, citizens had an opportunity to receive information about the project and its environmental impact.

The programme (in Finnish) is available here.
 

Lisätietoja: Linda Kumpula