Lithuania to take part in the EIA procedure for a nuclear plant planned in Poland2016-01-15
At the end of 2015, the Ministry of Environment received a notification from the Polish General Director for Environmental Protection on the launch of environmental impact assessment (EIA) on the construction and operation of Poland’s first nuclear power plant with capacity of up to 3750 MW. In accordance with the UN Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention), such a notification is sent to neighbouring and other countries in which the environment is likely to experience a significant adverse effect as a result of project implementation.
The nuclear power plant project is to be implemented at one of the three sites located in the territories of Choczewo, Gniewino and Krokowa in Pomeranian Voivodship. The plant construction site will be chosen at the environmental impact assessment phase and approved when taking a decision on the choice of the site for the nuclear facility.
The information received from the Polish General Director for Environmental Protection has been made available to the parties concerned, organisations and the public to enable them to submit proposals and conclusions regarding Lithuania’s participation in environmental impact assessment in a transboundary context for the nuclear plant to be built in Poland.
Following an analysis of the data contained in the information documents on the Polish nuclear plant and an evaluation of proposals from the authorities and organisations concerned, Lithuania has informed Poland of its participation in the transboundary environmental impact assessment procedure. Under the Espoo Convention, Poland will have to present the environmental impact assessment report on the planned nuclear power plant to Lithuania, make it available to the Lithuanian public and consult with Lithuania’s authorities concerned.
Lithuania and Poland ratified the Espoo Convention in 2001 and 1997 respectively.