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Information dispersed in Belarus about the environmental impact assessment of the future nuclear power plant is false

2010-11-25

Information dispersed by Interfax-Zapad news agency of Belarus that Lithuania no longer has any objections regarding the environmental impact assessment of the nuclear power plant planned to be built in Belarus is false.

“On the contrary: our country has some questions regarding the environmental impact assessment procedure and believes that this process is not completed until Belarus provides some answers”, Vitalijus Auglys, the Director of the Pollution Prevention Department of the Ministry of Environment, said. “This was stated during the meeting of the representatives of both states held in Minsk on 18 June 2010, also in a letter of 9 July 2010 of the Ministry of Environment addressed to Belarus.”

Questions raised by Lithuania regarding the nuclear power plant in Belarus still received no response; therefore, it is still unclear why the choice fell on the Astravets site, which is situated a mere 50 km away from the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius.
Lithuania refuses to consider the bipartite meeting held in June as consultations within the meaning of the UN Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context, as the provisions of the Convention regarding the communication of timely and full information, organisation of public debates and other established procedures are not being observed.

Ministry of Environment information, tel. 266 3660

25 November 2010

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