A ‘mine’ refers to a production unit which seeks to extract a certain mineral or ore. Mining and underground excavation carried out in Finland is subject to license by the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes). Furthermore, mining and underground excavation requires various permits, including an environmental permit granted by the Regional State Administrative Agencies (AVI). STUK oversees radiation safety in mining and its preliminary work.

The Talvivaara mine

STUK monitors radioactivity in the environment at the Talvivaara mine. Waterways and bottom sediments are sampled both within and outside the mining area. The measurement data can be found from the Finnish site.