The current status of the licensing process for the extension of the final repository
In March 2009, Posiva submitted an application for a decision-in-principle to the Government regarding an extension of the final disposal facility to the extent that the spent nuclear fuel from the Loviisa 3 plant unit planned by Fortum Oyj and Fortum Power and Heat Oy can be finally disposed of at Olkiluoto.
The general public and communities have an opportunity to express their views on the extension in writing directly to the Ministry by the 15 July. The public hearing on the extension was held in Eurajoki in 16 June, where all opinions of the public were recorded for the upcoming observation by the Government.
The decision-in-principle shall confirm whether the extension to the final disposal facility is in line with the overall good of society. Approval by the municipality of Eurajoki and an approval and preliminary safety assessment by the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) are prerequisites for a favorable decision-in-principle. The statement of the Eurajoki Municipality is expected by the end of August and that of STUK by 30 October this year. The decision-making of the Government is scheduled to take place in the beginning of 2010 in order to enable the Parliament deliberations by the end of the year.
In addition to the application for decision-in-principle regarding the final disposal of spent fuel from Loviisa 3 unit, Posiva submitted a corresponding application for the spent fuel from the Olkiluoto 4 unit planned by TVO in April 2008. Both Eurajoki municipality and STUK have already submitted their favorable statements on the extension of final disposal facility for Olkiluoto 4 fuel to the Government.
According to the previous decisions ratified by the Parliament, a total of 6,500 tonnes of uranium (6,500 tU), can be finally disposed of at Olkiluoto in Eurajoki. In addition, the two applications on the extension of the final disposal facility in Olkiluoto will increase the total amount to 12,000 tU.