Supreme Administrative Court of Finland issued a decision on Fennovoima’s environmental and water permit – permit now valid

The Supreme Administrative Court of Finland has issued a decision concerning the appeals regarding Fennovoima’s environmental and water permit. Following the decision, the appeal process has been completed and the permit is legally binding.

The environmental and water permits apply to the activities, emissions and required cooling water intake during the operation of the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant. With its decision, the Supreme Administrative Court rejected the complaints of all parties.

In our appeal, we wanted the court to clarify certain permit conditions so that they would not be open to interpretation. Fennovoima appealed about the decision of the Administrative Court of Vaasa issued in December 2017. Fennovoima’s appeal concerned the obligations for clarifications regarding the chemical concentration in the wastewater and the potential presence sea-spawning graylings in the area. Furthermore, Fennovoima requested the fishery compensation obligation to be amended as well as the permit regulation regarding noise caused by the plant to be clarified.

“We will review the content of the decision. All the required further clarifications will be implemented in accordance with the decision of the Supreme Administrative Court. We do not expect the decision to impact the project schedule. We are very happy that we have a valid permit already at this phase of the project”, emphasizes the Construction Director of Fennovoima Jouni Sipiläinen.    

 

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