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Thu, 19 Sep, 2013 05:00:07 AM
FTimes Report, September 19
 
Rosatom Director General Dzhomart Aliev (left) and Chairman of the Board of Fennovoima Pekka Ottava at a joint press conference in Helsinki on September 3. Photo - Lehtikuva.
Fennovoima Oy has submitted the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report on its nuclear power plant project to the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, said a press release of the ministry.  
 
The company is preparing to build a 1,200 megawatt nuclear power plant in Hanhikivi in Pyhäjoki. The proposed plant has an AES-2006 type pressurized water reactor manufactured by the Russian Rosatom Group.
 
Earlier, 30 Greenpeace activists from Finland, Sweden and Russia demonstrated at the Vantaa City Hall against Vantaa's participation in the Fennovoima Nuclear project. Vantaa is the fourth most populated city in Finland. 
 
The Ministry of Employment and the Economy would now organise a round of consultations on the report in line with the Act on Environmental Impact Assessment Procedure. 
 
In addition, the Ministry and Fennovoima Oy will organize an event for the public on 17 October 2013 in Pyhäjoki where citizens will have an opportunity to give their views and obtain information on the project and its impact on the environment. 
 
EIA report, to be displayed online, would be viewed by the public from 30 September to 13 November 2013 at local government offices of Pyhäjoki and neighbouring municipalities so that the people can give their opinions. 
 
The original EIA report process for the Fennovoima power plant project was carried out in 2008-2009. On the basis of the report, the Government in 2010 made a decision-in-principle on building the nuclear power plant.  
 
Parliament confirmed the decision in July 2010.  
 
Economic Affairs Minister Jan Vapaavuori announced in July 2013 that the Ministry of Employment and the Economy requires an updated environmental impact assessment, a safety assessment and Pyhäjoki municipality's view on the matter.  
 
The EIA process is the first of the reports that MEE has demanded from Fennovoima.
 
Earlier, the Greenpeace activists demonstrated at the Vantaa City Hall against the Fennovoima Nuclear project. The activists have covered the city hall with tarpaulins, which tell how Vantaa is implementing cuts in city's services in order to fund construction of nuclear power.
 
Vantaan Energia, a Vantaa-owned utility, is one of the biggest municipal shareholders of Fennovoima.
 
This fall, Fennovoima shareholders are to make decisions about investing to the nuclear power plant about to be built on Pyhäjoki. Fennovoima is trying to partner with Russian state-owned Rosatom on this project.
 
“The rising costs and the Fukushima nuclear disaster have all but ended the construction of nuclear power plants globally.
 
Vantaan Energia and other Fennovoima shareholders should distance themselves from the unprofitable project as soon as possible,” states Jehki Härkönen, energy campaigner for Greenpeace.
 
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