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Decommissioning of Ignalina NPP will not threat neighbouring states



Friday (7 September) the Ministry of Environment hosted consultations for experts from Lithuanian and Latvian ministries of environment and other competent authorities regarding assessment of cross-border impacts of the construction of Interim Spent Fuel Storage Facility of Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP).

Erection of the INPP Interim Spent Fuel Storage Facility is one of the INPP decommissioning projects. Its implementation will enable safe decommissioning of INPP.

Consultations focused on the radiologic impacts on the Lithuanian population, aspects of potential emergency situations and of long-term environmental impact assessments, also on issues of informing the Latvian population and environmental monitoring.

Similar consultations took place with Belarusian experts. They covered the potential radiological impact on the Belarusian population, reliability of spent nuclear fuel containers and impact on the ecological status of Drukšių Lake and other issues.

Having regard to the provided figures of the environmental impact report and results from cross-border consultations, as well as comments from Lithuanian businesses which were involved in the environmental impact assessment, the Ministry of Environment, in the nearest future, will adopt a decision whether erection of the INPP Spent Fuel Interim Storage Facility is permitted.

According to the Head of the Environmental Impact Assessment Division at the Ministry of Environment, the population of Belarus and Lithuania is not likely to be exposed to the risk of radiologic or other impacts.

Public Information Division, Tel. 219 1855

8 September 2007

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas