The Ministry of the Environment has ratified Pyhäjoki’s Hanhikivi regional land use plan for nuclear power today, August 26th.
The decision means that Fennovoima’s plans for constructing a nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki’s Hanhikivi, located on Northern Ostrobothnia, are feasible.
The other alternative location for Fennovoima's power plant is Simo in Lapland. The new regional land use plan for Simo was ratified by the Ministry of Environment last spring.
In addition to the now ratified regional land use plan, the nuclear power plant project requires changes in local master and detailed land use plans. The process of changing these has proceeded well both in Pyhäjoki and in Simo. The new master and detailed land use plans will presumably be approved in both municipalities this autumn.
Fennovoima will choose the location for its power plant during the first half of 2011.
Read the official press release here.