Lifetime extension of nuclear power plants. Analysis of legal aspects. (Oekoburo and RACSE) (2020)
As numerous nuclear power plants are currently reaching the end of their originally defined operating period or design-lifetime, lifetime extension is a broadly discussed issue within the nuclear and environmental community. The Implementation Committee to the Convention on environmental impact assessment in a transboundary context (Espoo Convention) is currently involved in various cases which are all similar to this regard, but different in detail.
This legal analysis was prepared as a targeted input to the ongoing ad hoc group’s work on the issue of NPP lifetime extension under the Espoo Convention in the light of the applicable legal frameworks and recent international and European case-law. The focus of the content is set on transboundary environmental impact assessment in the context of public participation.