Environmental Impact Assessment

On 21 April, 2009  the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania adopted the decision, whereby the construction of the new Visaginas nuclear power plant (Visaginas NPP) is permissible in terms of environmental impact, and the NPP may be constructed in the territory of the present Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant, at the Drūkšiai Lake.

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) – is forecast, description and assessment of potential environmental impact of the planned Visaginas Nuclear Power Plant (VNPP).

EIA objectives

  • To identify, describe and assess possible direct environmental impact of the planned activity and to ensure that the environmental aspects were taken into account prior to the beginning of this activity.
  • Inform all participants of the EIA process.
  • Optimize the planning and design process in order to avoid environmentally unfavourable location, technical, constructional and maintenance solutions.
  • Foresee alternatives for the planned economic activity and ensure preconditions for the selection of the most suitable alternative.
  • Foresee measures to avoid, mitigate, restore or compensate for the possible negative impact and plan the implementation of these measures.

EIA participants

  • Competent authority (makes decision) – the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania.
  • EIA parties (coordinates the EIA documents):
    • State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate (SNPSI)
    • Radiation Protection Centre
    • Fire and Rescue Department
    • State Public Health Service
    • Utena County Environmental Protection Department
    • Cultural Heritage Protection Department
    • Utena County Governor’s Administration
    • Administration of Visaginas Municipality
    • Administration of Ignalina District Municipality
    • Administration of Zarasai District Municipality
  • Public.

EIA process

Environmental Impact Assessment

Stage I: preparation and approval of the programme

The EIA programme was prepared by a consortium consisting of the Finnish company Poyry Energy and scientists from the Lithuanian Energy Institute.

Following the provisions of the Espoo Convention, the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania presented the environmental impact assessment programme and summary of the programme to competent authorities of Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Russia, Finland and Sweden and inquired about their intention to participate in the environmental impact assessment process. Austria, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Finland and Sweden informed about their participation in the EIA process.

In July – October 2007, the EIA programme was presented to the public and discussed with citizens and scientists from the districts neighbouring the construction site. Comments from 138 public and municipal institutions and 49 citizens were received and analyzed.

On 15 November, the programme was approved by the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania.

Stage 2: preparation of the study and report

On 4 February 2008,  Lietuvos Energija, AB  concluded a contract with the consortium regarding fulfillment of the EIA study and preparation of the EIA report. The group of experts that won an open international tender consists of specialists from the Finnish company Poyry Energy Oy and scientists from the Lithuanian Energy Institute. Besides members of the consortium, the following subcontracting Lithuanian and international organizations will participate in the EIA study:

  • Environmental Impact Assessment Centre of Finland, Ltd (Finland)
  • UAB RAIT (Lithuania)
  • National Public Health Research Centre (Lithuania)
  • Finnish Meteorological Institute (Finland)
  • Institute of Botany (Lithuania)
  • Institute of Ecology (Lithuania)
  • Society of Metal Ecologists (Lithuania).

On 21 April, 2009  the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania adopted the decision, whereby the construction of the new Visaginas nuclear power plant (Visaginas NPP) is permissible in terms of environmental impact.

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NNPP Environmental Impact Assessment Report (update 27 March 2009, 2009):

Report EN part 1
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Report EN part 2
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Report EN part 3
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Report EN part 4
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Report RU part 1
(13,9 Mb, PDF)

Report RU part 2
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Environmental Impact Assessment Report Appendixes:

Appendixes EN part 1
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Appendixes EN part 2
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Appendixes RU part 1
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Appendixes RU part 2
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NNPP Environmental Impact Assessment Report (updated 22 December, 2008):

Report EN part 1
(2,4 Mb, PDF)

Report EN part 2
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Report EN part 3
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Report EN part 4
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NNPP Environmental Impact Assessment Report (2008):

Report EN part 1
(3,54 Mb, PDF)

Report EN part 2
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Report EN part 3
(9,17 Mb, PDF)

Report EN part 4
(3,98 Mb, PDF)

Report LT part 1
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Report LT part 2
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Report RU part 1
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Report RU part 2
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NNPP Environmental Impact Assessment Report Summary (2008):

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NNPP Environmental Impact Assessment Programme (2007):

Environmental Impact Assessment Programme
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Environmental Impact Assessment Programme Summary
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