The ongoing process of environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the new nuclear source in the Jaslovské Bohunice location has entered the next phase. Following the prepared INTENT, which was submitted to the Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic on 5/3/2014, the Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic published on 29/5/2014 the required SCOPE OF ASSESSMENT of the proposed activity determined pursuant to § 30 of Act no. 24/2006 Coll. on environmental impact assessment.
The INTENT, which is the first documentation within the EIA process, was submitted to the Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic on March 5, 2014. After an internal assessment of compliance with the requirements of the law, the Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic published it on March 11, 2014 on the web portal of the Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic www.enviroportal.sk at the address http://enviroportal.sk/sk/eia/detail/novy-jadrovy-zdroj-v-lokalite – Jaslovské-bohunice in the Slovak language and in the languages of neighboring countries – German, Hungarian, Polish, Ukrainian and also English. The INTENT was also published on the web portal of the petitioner company JESS at the address http://www.jess.sk/sk/home/o-spolocnosti/dokumenty.
The JESS company actively supported the involvement of the public in the process of becoming familiar with the INTENTIONS. Information leaflets were distributed in the affected municipalities, and information about the publication of the INTENT and the start of the process of determining the scope of the assessment was also presented in local and national periodicals. From the point of view of the neighboring countries, it was positively received that the INTENT was published not only in the English language but also in the national languages of the neighboring countries, which facilitated the involvement of the public of the neighboring countries.
The established SCOPE OF ASSESSMENT for a new nuclear source requires that the EIA REPORT contain the elaboration of all points listed in Annex no. 11 of Act no. 24/2006 Coll. appropriate to the nature of the proposed activity, but with an emphasis on the specific development of all points listed in Annex no. 15 of Act no. 24/2006 Coll. Furthermore, the ASSESSMENT SCOPE consistently reflects all requirements and comments relevant to the EIA process, which were received by the concerned authorities, municipalities, the public and statements from neighboring countries.
SCOPE OF THE ASSESSMENT is available in electronic form on the web portal of the Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic www.enviroportal.sk at the address http://enviroportal.sk/sk/eia/detail/novy-jadrovy-zdroj-v-lokalite-jaslovske-bohunice as well as at the web portal of the applicant company JESS at the address http://www.jess.sk/sk/home/o-spolocnosti/dokumenty.
According to JESS’s timeline, the EIA REPORT should be completed in II. half of 2015. Part of the EIA REPORT will be a detailed evaluation of the effects of the new nuclear source on individual components of the environment and on the health of the population based on detailed analyses. Following the EIA REPORT, public discussions of the proposed activity will be held at the level of the affected municipalities, including cross-border consultations and discussions. The EIA process will conclude a final opinion on the project, which is expected to be issued in the first half of 2016. This opinion is a necessary basis for further permitting activities in the framework of proceedings in accordance with the Atomic and Construction Act.
Jadrová energetická spoločnosť Slovenska, a. s., was established on 12/31/2009 by registration in the commercial register. The establishment of the trading company was approved by the Government of the Slovak Republic at its meeting on 9 December 2009. The creation of the Jadrová energetická spoločnosť Slovenska opened the space for the implementation of one of the most important projects in the history of Slovakia, the construction project of a new nuclear power plant in Jaslovské Bohunice. JAVYS owns 51% of the joint venture, the Czech partner of the project – ČEZ Group – owns 49% of the company’s shares. The share capital of JESS was set at EUR 216,357,000 (SKK 6.52 billion). The management control of the company works on the principle of equality and consensus of both partners. In November 2009, the European Commission also approved the establishment of the Jadrová energetická spoločnosť Slovenska.