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Vuorovaikutus käytetyn ydinpolttoaineen loppusijoituksen ympäristövaikutusten arvioinnissa. Arviointiohjelman laadintavaiheen tilaisuudet

Writer:

Antti Leskinen; Jari Paldanius; Juha-Pekka Turunen

Language:

Finnish

Page count:

50

Summary:

Working report: PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
ASSESSMENT OF THE FINAL DISPOSAL OF SPENT NUCLEAR
FUEL:
Public meetings during the assessment program phase

ABSTRACT

During the environmental impact assessment program phase for the final disposal of spent
nuclear fuel, Diskurssi Oy organized a series of public meetings in the four alternative
municipalities for the final disposal. In each municipality (Eurajoki, Loviisa, Äänekoski and
Kuhmo) two public meetings and two discussion group meetings were arranged. The
discussion group meetings were aimed mainly for the representatives of different interest
groups and organizations.

The main objective of these meetings was to collects citizens' and interest groups' opinions
about the project and the planning process. Other objectives included giving information
about the project and the planning process, strengthening the communication between
Posiva Oy and the inhabitants, maintaining open public discussion about the project and its
impacts, and ensuring that the public feels that the planning process is acceptable.

Information of the project and the EIA process was given and the different alternatives of the
project were discussed in the meetings. Also, the participants' opinions about the impacts
and about the importance of investigating these impacts were collected in the meetings. The
participants were also asked how the participation should be organized during the actual
assessment phase.

The discussion of the project's alternatives concentrated mainly on the choice among the
four alternative sites and on the continuation of the temporary storage.

People seemed mostly worried about the radiation risks caused by any accidents during
transportation and encapsulation, or after sealing the caves. Emphasis was given also to
studying the radiation impacts during the encapsulation and transportation under normal
conditions. Other health impacts and nature impacts were discussed less, and the
investigation of these impacts was not considered quite as important.

According to inhabitants, the positive impact of the project could mean more opportunities for
local companies, increase in employment as well as increase in municipal tax revenue. On
the other hand the project was seen as a risk to those industries that rely on unspoiled nature
and on image of the natural life style in the region.

In addition to the discussions about the economic, nature and health impacts there were
eager discussions about the impacts on the image, atmosphere and the population structure
of the region, as well as about the fears and the sense of insecurity by the inhabitants.

Several people requested that information should also be produced by other organizations
besides Posiva Oy, especially by such organizations that have a critical view towards the
project. Many people felt the need for wide participation, especially the participation of the
young people, the inhabitants of the neighboring municipalities to the alternative sites, and
the people living along the planned transportation routes was requested.


Key words: Final disposal of spent nuclear fuel, environmental impact assessment
program, public participation, public meeting.
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
ASSESSMENT OF THE FINAL DISPOSAL OF SPENT NUCLEAR
FUEL:
Public meetings during the assessment program phase

ABSTRACT

During the environmental impact assessment program phase for the final disposal of spent
nuclear fuel, Diskurssi Oy organized a series of public meetings in the four alternative
municipalities for the final disposal. In each municipality (Eurajoki, Loviisa, Äänekoski and
Kuhmo) two public meetings and two discussion group meetings were arranged. The
discussion group meetings were aimed mainly for the representatives of different interest
groups and organizations.

The main objective of these meetings was to collects citizens' and interest groups' opinions
about the project and the planning process. Other objectives included giving information
about the project and the planning process, strengthening the communication between
Posiva Oy and the inhabitants, maintaining open public discussion about the project and its
impacts, and ensuring that the public feels that the planning process is acceptable.

Information of the project and the EIA process was given and the different alternatives of the
project were discussed in the meetings. Also, the participants' opinions about the impacts
and about the importance of investigating these impacts were collected in the meetings. The
participants were also asked how the participation should be organized during the actual
assessment phase.

The discussion of the project's alternatives concentrated mainly on the choice among the
four alternative sites and on the continuation of the temporary storage.

People seemed mostly worried about the radiation risks caused by any accidents during
transportation and encapsulation, or after sealing the caves. Emphasis was given also to
studying the radiation impacts during the encapsulation and transportation under normal
conditions. Other health impacts and nature impacts were discussed less, and the
investigation of these impacts was not considered quite as important.

According to inhabitants, the positive impact of the project could mean more opportunities for
local companies, increase in employment as well as increase in municipal tax revenue. On
the other hand the project was seen as a risk to those industries that rely on unspoiled nature
and on image of the natural life style in the region.

In addition to the discussions about the economic, nature and health impacts there were
eager discussions about the impacts on the image, atmosphere and the population structure
of the region, as well as about the fears and the sense of insecurity by the inhabitants.

Several people requested that information should also be produced by other organizations
besides Posiva Oy, especially by such organizations that have a critical view towards the
project. Many people felt the need for wide participation, especially the participation of the
young people, the inhabitants of the neighboring municipalities to the alternative sites, and
the people living along the planned transportation routes was requested.


Key words: Final disposal of spent nuclear fuel, environmental impact assessment
program, public participation, public meeting.

Keywords:

käytetyn ydinpolttoaineen loppusijoitus; ympäristövaikutusten arviointiohjelma; osallistuva suunnittelu; asukasosallistuminen; yleisötilaisuus

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