Finnish nuclear plant wins construction licence

Plans for a new nuclear power unit in Finland advanced last week when the government granted a construction licence. Operator TVO welcomed the decision and forecast start-up in 2009, which it said would enhance Finland's ability to meet its Kyoto greenhouse gas emissions target. Environment group Greenpeace slammed the government for approving a "dangerous new reactor" despite an "incomplete safety assessment" and while the project is subject to a state aid investigation by the European Commission (EED 12/01/05). See press releases by TVO and Greenpeace.

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