12.02.2015 11:00

Final disposal facility for spent nuclear fuel can be built to be safe

11 February 2015, the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority of Finland (STUK) issued to the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy its statement on the safety of Posiva's facility for the encapsulation and final disposal of spent nuclear fuel.

STUK concludes in its statement that the criteria set forth in the Nuclear Energy Act are fulfilled and the final disposal facility can be built to be safe. According to STUK, both STUK's own experts and other Finnish and international experts were used for the review of the construction licence application.

The statement supports Posiva's research findings that the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel can be carried out in a safe manner in Olkiluoto, in the municipality of Eurajoki. The project can now be continued with detailed engineering on the basis of STUK's statement, and the development areas presented by STUK will be incorporated in the forward plans.

The construction licence decision is made by the Government on the basis of the draft prepared by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. STUK's statement will be of great significance to obtaining the licence. Pursuant to the Nuclear Energy Act, the Ministry of the Environment and in practice also many other stakeholders have been asked to issue a statement on the construction licence application.

The Parliament approved the decision-in-principle on the final disposal project in 2001. Posiva submitted the construction licence application towards the end of 2012. The application has been since complemented on the basis of STUK's requests for further clarification.

For more information, please contact:
Janne Mokka, President, tel. +358 2 8381 3800

STUK's press release 12.2.2015

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