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EIA report on power plant planned in Belarus presented in Vilnius

2010-03-01

EIA report on power plant planned in Belarus presented in Vilnius

A report on the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of a nuclear power plant planned to be built in Belarus was presented to the public at the Faculty of Physics of Vilnius University. Representatives of the Belarusian company that prepared the documents provided information on the project, presented the EIA results and answered questions from participants in the event.

According to Vitalijus Auglys, the director of the Pollution Prevention Department of the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry will formulate a reasoned position as soon as it hears public opinion and specialist arguments. This will happen after 31 March, the deadline for presenting comments on the future nuclear power plant project.

“Byelorussians have been presented with 39 questions on radiation safety, emergencies and their management, and impact on the ecosystem of the River Neris, as water will have to be taken from Neris and somehow returned to it,” Auglys said. These questions were formulated based on comments by Lithuanian scientists and specialists.

A summary of the report on the environmental impact assessment of the nuclear power plant planned to be built in Belarus and information on possible interstate effects of proposed economic activities is available on the website of the Ministry of Environment at http://www.am.lt/VI/index.php#a/9652 or at the Ministry (office No 320, tel. 266 3654).

The public may present reasoned proposals and comments on the environmental impact assessment documents on this power plant in writing to the Environmental Impact Assessment Division of the Pollution Prevention Department of the Ministry of Environment (A. Jakšto g. 4/9, LT-01105 Vilnius) by 31 March. Lithuania’s position will be formulated based on proposals from the public, scientists and specialists.

Ministry of Environment information, 219 1869

1 March 2010


Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas