Polish Cabinet Approves New Nuclear Plan

From World Nuclear News

The Polish government has adopted a revised program for the construction of the country’s first nuclear power plants, which sees two facilities in operation by 2035.

A resolution on the country’s nuclear power program, prepared by the Ministry of Economy, was adopted by the Council of Ministers yesterday. The program is a strategic document that describes the scope of the measures to be taken to introduce nuclear energy in Poland. Among other things, it defines the schedule for the construction of the country’s first nuclear power plant and the preparation of the regulatory and organization framework for these investments.

The resolution also establishes the roles and responsibilities of the institutions responsible for implementation of the program, as well as issues related to nuclear safety and radiological protection. The program includes the economic justification for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Poland and possible means to finance it, as well as ways of managing the resulting used fuel and radioactive wastes.

The ministry of economy noted that, according to documents produced by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the introduction of nuclear power requires 10-15 years of preparatory work, including construction of the first plant itself. In the case of Poland, the ministry said, it is necessary to build almost the entire infrastructure required for the development and operation of a nuclear power plant.

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