Finnish Parliament ratifies policy decisions
On 24 May, the Finnish Parliament ratified with 107 votes for, 92 votes against, the policy decisions taken by the Finnish Government on 17 January 2002, on the construction of a fifth nuclear reactor and the extension of the final disposal facility for spent nuclear fuel.Posiva Oy had filed an application for a policy decision on the extension of the final disposal facility to accommodate the spent nuclear fuel from the fifth nuclear reactor. The previous policy decision taken a year ago applied to the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel from the existing nuclear power plants during their service life of ca. 60 years, some 4000 tons of uranium at most.
Pursuant to the new policy decision the final disposal facility can be extended to accommodate the amount of spent nuclear fuel estimated to be generated by the new nuclear reactor during its service life. The estimated amount is 2500 tons, which means that the total amount of spent nuclear fuel that can be disposed of in the final disposal facility is max. 6500 tons of uranium.
The site selected for the final disposal facility is Olkiluoto in the municipality of Eurajoki. In a few years' time, Posiva will construct an underground characterization facility there, called ONKALO. The construction of the actual final disposal facility is scheduled to start in the 2010s, and the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel can be started in 2020.