Hanhikivi 1: Chemical permit granted

28 January 2021

The Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (TUKES) has granted a chemical permit for the large-scale handling and storage of hazardous chemicals required at the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant being built by Russia’s Rosatom for Finnish energy company Fennovoima. The appeal period for the chemical authorisation has now started.

The permit applies to the large-scale storage and use of chemicals during the operation of Hanhikivi 1. The nuclear power plant stores and uses hazardous chemicals for, among other things, the management of water chemistry, cleaning processes, generator cooling and as fuel for backup generators.

Radioactive substances are excluded from the scope of the Chemical Safety Act, so radiation safety is not taken into account in the licensing. Radiation safety is monitored by the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK).

Photo: Fennovoima