Greenpeace demands canceling the approval for Pyhäjoki nuclear power plant

Press release - July 3, 2013
Greenpeace demands that Finland moves to renewable energy. According to Greenpeace the principal approval given by the Finnish Parliament to build a new nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki is not valid as the reactor type has changed when Rosatom entered the project.

The Greenpeace volunteers send their message "No Nuclear Power" on Hanhikivi in Pyhäjoki, Finland. Fennovoima and Rosatom plan to build a nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki.

 
Fennovoima, a nuclear power company that plans to build a nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki, Finland, and Rosatom have signed an agreement aiming at a nuclear power plant supply contract. Rosatom also plans to acquire 34 per cent share in the capital of Fennovoima. Fennovoima is in need of new capital after the German energy company E.ON left the project in 2012.

”Finland needs renewable energy. Nuclear power is a dangerous alternative and Rosatom as an owner for a new nuclear power plant in Finland does not make it any safer”, says Juha Aromaa, Greenpeace Communications Officer.

According to Greenpeace the principal approval given by the Finnish Parliament on 1 July 2010 to build a new nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki is no more valid as the option to build a reactor type offered by Rosatom is not included in the approval.

”Pyhäjoki nuclear project would bind Finland to a desperate construction site similar to Olkiluoto 3 for years. There would be no new power capacity for a long time, and the investments to renewable energy would still stay frozen. This game has to be stopped now. Finland has to understand that clean, renewable energy is our future”, Aromaa says.

More information:
Communications Officer Juha Aromaa, phone +358 50 369 6202