Enviro Ministry greenlights extension of radioactive waste treatment facility in Jaslovské Bohunice

The verdict has not pleased the neighbouring municipalities.

New skyline of the  Jaslovské Bohunice nuclear power station after four cooling towers of the V1 nuclear power station were pulled down.  New skyline of the Jaslovské Bohunice nuclear power station after four cooling towers of the V1 nuclear power station were pulled down. (Source: TASR)

The Environment Ministry has given a greenlight to the extension of the radioactive waste treatment facility in Jaslovské Bohunice, based on an environmental impact assessment (EIA). This will enable the state-owned facility which handles radioactive waste, Jadrová a Vyraďovacia Spoločnosť (Nuclear and Decommissioning Company), JAVYS, to double its incineration capacity from 240 tonnes to 480 tonnes per year.

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The decision of the Environment Ministry has not pleased the mayors of the neighbouring villages who fear the worsening of the environment. They do not like the fact that JAVYS incinerates not only Slovak but also foreign radioactive waste. Furthermore, they point out that Environment Minister Ján Budaj okayed the project despite the fact that he has been pushing for the adoption of a constitutional law banning the incineration of foreign radioactive waste (RAW) in Slovakia.

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