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Serious safety problems at Finland’s Fennovoima nuclear project

Economic Affairs minister: Fennovoima nuclear project safety severely lacking, 10 Sept 16

The Fennovoima nuclear power plant project has to develop its safety culture if it wants to secure a building permit, says Minister of Economic Affairs Olli Rehn. The Fennovoima nuclear power plant project faces severe problems in its safety culture, according to Minister of Economic Affairs Olli Rehn.

Rehn met with the top echelon of the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) to talk about safety and other issues relating to the Fennovoima project. Rehn says that the project is seriously lacking in its attention to project management and subcontractor resourcing.

“Big changes have to be made this autumn if the project’s credibility is to be regained,” Rehn told Yle.

On Wednesday Yle reported that Fennovoima has not delivered the planning documents for the Russian-backed plant within the time frame agreed upon with STUK.

Rehn stressed that Fennovoima’s safety concerns have to be fully in hand before any building permit can be issued.

Rehn spoke with the STUK top brass on Friday about the booted chief of main Fennovoima owner Voimaosakeyhtiö SF. The company fired its manager after he had brought up safety concerns with STUK.

“I consider it very serious that problems of this magnitude have arisen in Fennovoima,” Rehn says. “It is now the company’s duty to solve them and reinstitute trust in the project.”

September 12, 2016 - Posted by | Finland, safety

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