Swedes bow to infringement threat

Sweden is to comply with EU rules requiring environmental impact assessments (EIAs) of major projects, including the decommissioning of nuclear power stations, the environment ministry announced today. A reasoned opinion by the European Commission - the final warning before court action for infringement - took the government to task for its failure to require EIAs before decommissioning the Barsebäck I reactor (EED 29/10/02). The EIA requirement would apply to all activity, "from shutdown of the reactors until the site has been completely reclaimed", the ministry said in a statement. See environment ministry.

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