Grabiec claims gov’t has no intention to change first NPP’s location

    The Prime Minister’s Office claims that the information about a potential shift in the location of Poland’s first nuclear plant, slated for construction in the Pomorze coastal region is untrue.

    Local newspaper, Dziennik Baltycki, had earlier reported on Wednesday that Beata Rutkiewicz, the recently appointed governor of Pomorskie Province, hinted at a reconsideration of the planned nuclear plant’s location. According to the report, she suggested the possibility of relocating from Lubiatowo-Kopalino to the neighboring Krokowa.

    “The environmental decision for the Lubiatowo site has been issued, but we are still considering whether it was right,” Rutkiewicz was quoted as saying. “There are also different opinions about the chosen technology. The coming months will be decisive.”

    Leszek Bonna, deputy speaker of the Pomorskie province local assembly, was also cited in the newspaper expressing concerns that the construction in Lubiatowo-Kopalino would have an excessive impact on the environment.

    In response, Jan Grabiec, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, denied any contemplation by the government, led by Donald Tusk, to change the previously selected site for the plant. He acknowledged the potential for changes in the early stages of the investment process but assured that there were no indications of altering the chosen location.

    To counter what it deemed as “inaccurate” information, the Pomorskie Province Office released a statement on Facebook, clarifying the governor’s remarks. The statement emphasized that Governor Rutkiewicz did not confirm a decision to change the nuclear plant’s location. Instead, it explained that, during a meeting on January 17, 2024, in Chojnice, she suggested revisiting and analyzing the environmental decision for the Lubiatowo location, given the numerous comments and discussions.

    The statement further clarified that the final decision on the nuclear plant’s site ultimately rests with the government, which will make an informed choice “after detailed analyses.”

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