EIA for the first NPP in Poland

The Environmental Impact procedure (EIA) for the first Polish NPP started in 2015 with a scoping phase. Because in Polish law it is not obligatory to enable public participation during a scoping phase, the Polish public was not allowed to make comments.
Poland notified countries in a radius of 1,000 km for taking part in a transboundary scoping procedure. In some countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark) the public could participate. Austria’s government was notified and had participated, but there were also no possibilities for public participation. An expert statement was produced for the Austrian Ministry but is not officially available.

End of May 2016, the Polish General Directorate for Environmental Protection (GDOS) approved the scope of the EIA. The next step of the EIA procedure could start in autumn 2016.

In end-May 2016, the Polish National Nuclear Research Centre (NCBJ) signed a letter of intent with the UK based consortium 'U-Battery' (URENCO, AMEC FW, ATKINS, Cammell-Laird, Laing O’Rourke) to develop in Poland small modular reactors, specifically the type of high-temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGR). The intention of this move seems to be for the Polish nuclear sector to have just another type of reactor technology functioning (or, for now, being at least developed) in parallel to the official nuclear programme (PPEJ). In the latter, reactor types only of "generation III or III+" and units even up to 1650 GW(e), are mentioned, while the former ones are widely considered IV generation. They have not been commercially deployed yet anywhere in the world and are designed in ca. 10 MW(t) units to provide very high temperatures to specific industrial plants only.

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