The Municipality of Eurajoki issues a statement in favour of Posiva's application for a Decision-in-Principle
The Municipal Council of Eurajoki approved on 24 August 2008 a statement in favour of Posiva's application for a decision-in-principle on the expansion of the final disposal facility in Olkiluoto to accommodate also spent fuel from the third nuclear power plant unit in Loviisa. The decision was carried with 22 votes in favour and 4 against.
Posiva submitted the application for a decision-in-principle to the Finnish Government in March 2009 after Fortum had applied for a decision-in-principle on the construction of the Loviisa 3 unit. The Government requires that the application for a decision-in-principle be supported by a favourable statement from the municipality in question and that the safety assessment drawn up by the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) shows no factors against the decision. STUK is expected to submit a statement and a preliminary safety assessment of Posiva's application for a decision-in-principle by 30 October 2009. The Government will then start to deliberate the application. By virtue of the Nuclear Energy Act the Government's decision-in-principle must be referred to the Parliament for ratification.
Posiva has already previously applied for a decision-in-principle on the final disposal of spent fuel from the Olkiluoto 4 unit. The statement of the Municipality of Eurajoki on this application was in unanimous favour of the expansion of the Olkiluoto final disposal facility and STUK's preliminary safety assessment also showed no obstacles to the decision-in-principle.
The expansion of the Olkiluoto final disposal facility to accommodate spent fuel from Olkiluoto 4 and Loviisa 3 units will increase the total capacity of the facility to 12 000 tons of uranium.