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13.03.2009 10:15

Posiva applies for a decision-in-principle concerning the final disposal of the spent fuel from the Loviisa 3 unit

Posiva Oy has today submitted an application for a decision-in-principle to the Government, concerning the final disposal of the spent fuel from the Loviisa 3 unit to Olkiluoto in Eurajoki. The application is part of the decision-in-principle process of Fortum Oyj and Fortum Power and Heat Oy (Fortum). On 5 February 2009, Fortum submitted an application to build a third nuclear power plant in Hästholmen in Loviisa.

Posivas application for a decision-in-principle concerns the extension of the spent nuclear fuel repository Posiva has planned in Olkiluoto so that the extension would also cover the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel from the Loviisa 3 unit planned by Fortum. The decision-in-principle is applied for receiving a confirmation that the extension to the final disposal facility is in line with the overall good of society.

The Government has issued decisions-in-principle in 2000 and 2002 on the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel. According to these decisions-in-principle, the spent nuclear fuel from the existing plant units and the Olkiluoto 3 plant unit, a total of 6,500 tonnes of uranium (6,500 tU), can be finally disposed of at Olkiluoto, Eurajoki. In April 2008, Posiva also submitted an application for a decision-in-principle concerning the spent nuclear fuel from the Olkiluoto 4 unit planned by Teollisuuden Voima Oyj to Olkiluoto. The application covers a total of 9,000 uranium tonnes of spent nuclear fuel.

In 2008, Posiva carried out an environmental impact assessment procedure (EIA) concerning the extension of the repository. On 11 March 2009, the Ministry of Employment and Economy gave a statement regarding the assessment report. According to the Ministry, the assessment procedure and the report prepared on the basis of it meet the statutory content requirements, and it has been processed in compliance with applicable regulations. In its statement, the Ministry requests further clarifications for certain matters addressed in the procedure. The further clarifications requested by the Ministry have been attached to the environmental impact assessment report submitted with the application for a decision-in-principle.

- The proposed repository extension also covers the spent nuclear fuel from the Loviisa 3 unit, and means that the capacity of the repository would be increased to a maximum of 12,000 uranium tonnes, says Eero Patrakka, CEO of Posiva.

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