KaiCell Fibers Ltd submitted the required Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) programme to the regional authorities on 18.12.2017. The Pöyry conducted process covers three alternative product scenarios as well as the baseline case of no investment. The programme will be presented at a public event in Paltamo to be scheduled during January 2018.
The EIA is a legal requirement and an important element in planning large industrial projects. The objective is to estimate the planned entity’s impact before decisions regarding permits have been made. EIA is the responsibility of the company looking to build a new industrial entity, but the process follows guidelines set by the authorities. Information distribution and reaching out to stakeholders are central parts of the EIA process.
The EIA programme describes the intended site and its surrounding areas as they are at the moment, defines which impact parameters are to be studied and sets the methods for assessing them. Areas subject to assessment include the impact on water air, traffic and nature, along with noise and vibration effects. Special attention is given to possible impact on human health, living conditions and wellbeing.
The analytical part of the EIA will take place once feedback has been received from the authorities and relevant stakeholders. Based on this feedback an EIA schedule will be drawn up during March 2018
Each scenario under consideration will be covered by the EIA, allowing selection of the final alternative as basis for the permits process by summer 2018.
KaiCell Fibers’ CEO Jukka Kantola: “Being able to submit the EIA programme is a significant milestone for the venture. All parties have displayed exemplary cooperativeness, and we have received a great many constructive comments regarding what we are trying to accomplish in Paltamo. I would like to thank all stakeholders, the Kainuu authorities and all our cooperation partners. We can now look forward to celebrating Finland’s 100th Christmas as an independent nation while we recharge out batteries for next year.”