Lithuania has questions on Belarusian nuclear power plant construction

Petras Vaida, BC, Vilnius,

Lithuania "has questions" about the report on the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the future nuclear power plants in Belarus. This was stated by Director of the Department for the Prevention of Pollution of the Ministry of Environment of Lithuania Vitalijus Auglis on November 26. According to him, Lithuania will not approve the construction of the nuclear power plant until Belarus gives official responses to the requests of the Lithuanian side, the Belarusian reports.

According Vitalijus Auglis, Lithuania has repeatedly denounced its position on this matter to the Belarusian side, but has not received any answers to the specific questions. It is still unclear for Lithuania why they want to build the plant in Astravets, 50 kilometres away from Vilnius, the Lithuanian official said, according to Regnum-Belarus, writes LETA/ELTA.

However, the head of the National Commission on Radiological Protection at the Council of Ministers, Yakov Kenigsberg, said in Minsk on November 24 that Lithuania had withdrawn all of the earlier objections to the EIA, submitted by Belarus.

"Lithuanian experts removed all objections to the Belarusian EIA report after the last visit to Minsk. We have answered all the questions that troubled the Lithuanian side, and all the contradictions have been removed," Yakov Kenigsberg said.

As Telegraf reports, the Director of the Department of Nuclear and Radiation Safety of Emergency Ministry Vasili Poliukhovich reported on November 24 that the Safety Analysis Report for Nuclear Power Plant would be continuously developed, even after the completion of construction and commissioning. "That is, each time the examination will be carried out and license will be given," the representative of the Emergency Ministry said. The report on the security of the Belarusian nuclear power plant is planned to be developed only after the final choice of the investor.


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