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Sogin (the public Italian waste management organization) has drawn up the CNAIi, the national map of the areas suitable for the location of the nuclear disposal facility and of the technological and scientific park.

Sogin, the Company in charge of identifying the site for the National Disposal Facility for the Radioactive Waste, has sent to Ministry of Environment the proposal for the Map of Suitable Areas (CNAI), drawn up after an extensive consultation process. The map will be published only after approval and a decree of the Ministry of Ecological Transition, after it has acquired the technical opinion of the National Inspectorate for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection (ISIN).

Sogin, the Company in charge of identifying the site for the National Disposal Facility for the Radioactive Waste, has sent to Ministry of Environment the proposal for the Map of Suitable Areas (CNAI), drawn up after an extensive consultation process. The map will be published only after approval and a decree of the Ministry of Ecological Transition, after it has acquired the technical opinion of the National Inspectorate for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection (ISIN).

Sogin, the public company in charge of the decommissioning of Italian nuclear plants and the identification of the National Disposal Facility, has sent to the Ministry of Ecological Transition the proposal for the National Charter of Eligible Areas (CNAI) to host the National Repository for Radioactive Waste and the Technological Park, the infrastructure where radioactive waste will be permanently disposed of. The waste is currently temporary stored in over 20 sites across Italy,

The CNAI was developed by Sogin on the basis of the results of the public consultation launched on January 5, 2021 with the publication of the proposed National Map of Potentially Eligible Areas (CNAPI) which had excluded over 99% of the Italian territory by applying the criteria set out by the Italia Safety Regulator  spra (today ISIN - National Inspectorate for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection). There are 67 Potentially Eligible Areas.

In the 180 days following the publication of the CNAPI, the Regions, local authorities, as well as qualified stakeholders, were able to formulate observations and technical proposals in written form.

MAP OF POTENTIALLY SUITABLE AREAS
map of potentially suitable areas

On 10 August 2021 Sogin started the National Seminar as a moment of public discussion on the National Deposit and Technological Park (DNPT) project and in particular on the CNAPI, inviting stakeholders to participate, while other subjects interested in the localization process, not included in the qualified stakeholders, they were able to transmit written memories and documents that were considered in the context of the works.

The work of the National Seminar, divided into 9 territorial Sessions in the regions involved by the CNAPI and carried out in 11 days, ended with the publication on December 15, 2021.

Next came the second phase of the Public Consultation, with additional contributions from the stakeholders, eventually leading to the elaboration of the National Charter of Eligible Areas (CNAI).

The CNAI proposal sent to MiTE (Ministry of Ecological Transition) by SOGIN considered over 600 questions, observations and proposals, for a total of over 25,000 pages of studies, technical reports and maps.

On the basis of the technical opinion from the National Inspectorate for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection (ISIN ), the MiTE will, if the project is approved, issue a decree, in cooperation with the Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructures and Mobility (MIMS). Only then the map will be made public.

The publication of the CNAI will therefore start the consultation phase aimed at gathering the non-binding expressions of interest, to continue the participatory process by the Regions and local authorities where suitable areas are located, with the objective of reaching an agreement on the site selection for the National Deposit.

The calendar  now foresees the start of the disposal facility construction in 2025.

 

 

A press release was issued by SOGIN

SOGIN press release (translated)

Rome, March 16, 2022. Sogin yesterday sent to the Ministry of Ecological Transition the proposal for the National Charter of Eligible Areas (CNAI) to host the National Repository for Radioactive Waste and the Technological Park, in compliance with the deadlines set by art. 27, paragraph 5, of Legislative Decree 31/2010, ie within 60 days from the close of the public consultation.
The CNAI was developed by Sogin on the basis of the results of the largest public consultation so far carried out in Italy on a strategic infrastructure for the country, launched on 5 January 2021 with the publication of the proposed National Charter of Potentially Eligible Areas (CNAPI) and concluded on January 14th.
The consultation, managed by Sogin with the utmost transparency and completeness of information, which was attended by hundreds of subjects directly interested in the project of the National Radioactive Waste Repository and Technological Park, was divided into three phases.
In the first, which lasted six months until 5 July 2021, Sogin collected over 300 observations and technical proposals received on the CNAPI and on the National Deposit project, from the various interested parties.
This phase was followed by the National Seminar, held from 7 September to 24 November 2021 and concluded on 15 December 2021 with the publication of the final Acts.
The work of the Seminar was divided into nine meetings, all broadcast in live streaming. In addition to the opening and closing plenary sessions, seven working sessions were held, one national and six territorial, which involved the regions involved in the CNAPI: Piedmont, Tuscany, Lazio, Puglia and Basilicata, Sicily, Sardinia. Over 160 participants in the Seminar, which saw the interventions of representatives of national and local institutions and bodies, associations, committees and individual citizens. At the conclusion of the Seminar, a second phase of public consultation was held in the following 30 days, as required by Legislative Decree 31/2010, during which the stakeholders were able to submit further observations and technical proposals also in light of of the works carried out during the National Seminar.
The CNAI proposal that Sogin sent to the Ministry of Ecological Transition was therefore prepared on the basis of over 600 questions, observations and proposals, for a total of over 25,000 pages consisting of deeds, documents, studies, technical reports and maps, in total. presented in the course of a year following the publication of the CNAPI.
The law now provides that the Ministry of Ecological Transition, having acquired the technical opinion of the National Inspectorate for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection (ISIN), approves with
own decree the Charter, in agreement with the Ministry of Infrastructures and Sustainable Mobility. The map will then be published on the websites of Sogin, the two Ministries and the ISIN.
The publication of the CNAI will therefore start the concertation phase aimed at collecting non-binding expressions of interest, to continue the participatory process by the Regions and local authorities in whose territories the suitable areas fall, with the aim of reaching a shared decision of the site in which to create the National Deposit.

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