Environmental Impact Assesment report of new nuclear plant presented to public2008-09-01
The country’s people can get acquainted with the environmental impact assesment report of the new nuclear plant, which is planned to be built in the Visaginas municipality, close to the current Ignalina Nuclear Plant, on the shore of Lake Drūkšiai. The report was commissioned by national power utility Lietuvos Energija. As stipulated by the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context, Ministry of Environment informed about the completion of this report other countries, which declared their interest to participate in the process of environmental impact assesment, among them Austria, Belarusa, Estonia, Latvia, Finland and Sweden.
The report was prepared by an international consortium consisting of the Finnish company Poyry Energy OY and the Lithuanian Energy Institute, based on the EIA program approved by the Ministry of Environment. Preparation of such a program is mandatory under Lithuanian legislation in order to start an environmental impact assesment process.
All mentioned countries, with exception of Poland, have submitted their comments on the EIA program of the new nuclear plant. Most comments were related to the location selection and criteria, disposal of spent nuclear fuel, reactor type, international radiological impact, application of security standards, radioactive waste management and storage, monitoring system, impact on Drukšiai lake, accident prevention and others.
The ministry will make a final decision on whether to allow construction of a new nuclear power plant based on the environmental impact assessment, only following a careful review of the EIA report. Findings made by the state and municipal governing institutions participating in this process, the public opinion and the results of transboundary discussions with other countries will be taken into account as well.
The general public can get acquainted with the new plant’s EIA report in Ignalina, Zarasai and Visaginas municipalities, or on the ground floor lobby of Lietuvos energija headquarters (Žvejų 14, Vilnius). The report is published in Lithuanian, English and Russian languages. The summary of the report in English, Russian, Latvian, Estonian, Finnish, German, and Polish languages can be found on the Internet site for the new nuclear plant http://www.vae.lt
Public information department, tel. +370 5 266 3660
1 Sep 2008