Unit 1 of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant will be subject to an environmental impact assessment for life extension, according to the decision taken by the Implementation Committee of the Espoo Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context.
This measure covers all nuclear power plants in Europe that exceed their life duration and will be applied before the licenses extension. The decision was taken in the context of extending the life of nuclear reactors 1 and 2 of the nuclear power plant from Rivne, Ukraine.The renewal licenses allow nuclear plants to expand its lifespan of 30 years for another 10 years.
„The environmental impact is only one of many aspects that makes nuclear power an unsustainable energy solution. On the other hand, the hidden costs of decommissioning the reactors and waste disposal are huge. Before we plan extending the life of existing reactors and build new ones we should consider real sustainable solutions such as energy efficiency and renewable energy”, said Lavinia Andrei, president of the TERRA Mileniul III Foundation.
Unit 1 of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant became operational in 1996 and will function with the current license untill 2026. Allthough many European countries plan to abandon nuclear power, Romania is currently looking for investors for units 3 and 4 from Cernavoda and is planning to build a new deposit of radioactive waste at Saligny, with an investment of over 400 million Euros.
Following the decision of the Implementation Committee of the Espoo Convention, 60 nuclear reactors from Europe will be subject to environmental assessment in the next three years.