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STUK to evaluate the safety of Fennovoima’s disposal project

STUK to evaluate the safety of Fennovoima’s disposal project

22 Jun 2016 15:28
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The Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority in Finland (STUK) is preparing to issue statements on the Environmental Impact Assessment Procedure and corresponding report of Fennovoima’s disposal facility for spent nuclear fuel.

Fennovoima, a company planning to construct a nuclear power plant at Hanhikivi, Pyhäjoki, announced on 22 June that it will initiate the Environmental Impact Assessment Procedure (EIA) concerning the disposal of the station’s spent nuclear fuel.  The two-phase EIA is the first step in the process for selecting the location for the disposal facility, constructing the facility and commissioning it. As part of the assessment, Fennovoima will investigate disposal in the Pyhäjoki and Eurajoki municipalities.

In the EIA procedure, Fennovoima investigates the effects of the project on human health, soil, water, air, flora, fauna, community structure and other such matters. One of the matters to be investigated is the radiation effects caused by the disposal of spent nuclear fuel.

”During the EIA phase, STUK will primary concentrate on evaluating the planned execution of the disposal, the disposal concept and the assessed radiation effects of the disposal,” says STUK Director Jussi Heinonen.  STUK will issue its statement to the coordinating authority of the EIA, which is the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.

Fennovoima also announced that it will start collaboration with Posiva Solutions Oy, a subsidiary of Posiva Oy. Posiva Oy is constructing a disposal facility for the spent nuclear fuel of the Loviisa and Olkiluoto nuclear power plants in Olkiluoto.

“The collaboration between Fennovoima and Posiva is also good news for safety, since it enables the leveraging of best expertise in the planning of disposal,” states Director Heinonen.

STUK will carry out a more detailed evaluation on the radiation and nuclear safety of Fennovoima’s plans later during the decision in principle, construction licence and operating licence phases.

 

For further information, please contact:
Director Jussi Heinonen, tel. +358 9 759 88 679
Information Officer Risto Isaksson, tel. +358 9 759 88 208

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