The Talvivaara mine

In May 2012, the Finnish Council of State granted a license to Talvivaara Sotkamo Ltd to recover uranium from ore excavated from the mine in Sotkamo. The Supreme Administrative Court revoked this decision, remitting it for reconsideration by the Council of State.

In May 2012, the Finnish Council of State granted a license referred to in the Nuclear Energy Act to Talvivaara Sotkamo Ltd for recovery of uranium from ore excavated from the company’s mine in Sotkamo. The Council of State found that the project is in accordance with the overall interests of society, meeting the requirements laid down for nuclear and radiation safety.

By its decision No. 3825/2013 of 5 December 2013, the Supreme Administrative Court revoked this decision, remitting it for reconsideration by the Council of State. To date, no new decision on the case has been taken.

The Regional State Administrative Agency for Northern Finland has granted an environmental permit for a uranium recovery plant by amending Talvivaara’s environmental and water permit (permit decision no. 36/2014/1, Dnro PSAVI/58/04.08./2011, of 30 April 2014.) Similarly, on 18 August 2014, Tukes granted a chemical permit for the uranium plant by amending its permit decision 30114/36/2008 of 6 June 2008. 

 In addition to a license granted by the Finnish Council of State, commissioning a uranium recovery plant requires a start-up permission from the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Agency.

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