New finding : Aarhus Convention applies to life-time extensions of major projects


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On 4 October 2018, the Committee adopted its findings on a communication related to the timely extension of operation of Borssele nuclear power plant in the Netherlands. The Committee found that the Netherlands had failed to comply with its obligation to provide for early public participation when all options were open because it effectively extended the life-time of the plant by a governmental agreement with the operator, which was not preceded by public participation. The findings clarify the application to decisions that de facto prolong operation of a specific activity without physical alterations to a project.

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