Environmental impact assessment

When assessing environmental impact, the different options of executing the project and their effects are examined as required by EIA (Finnish: YVA) legislation.

The purpose of environmental impact assessment is to reduce or prevent the negative environmental impact of the planned project as well as raise awareness among the citizens. All those potentially affected by the project are able and allowed to take part in the assessment. In the end, access to information and participation are the cornerstones of the policy. The first stage of the EIA process is the environmental impact assessment programme. It is a plan regarding the investigations carried out for the assessment and the arrangement of the assessment procedure. The actual assessment work and the conclusions of the assessment are compiled in the environmental impact assessment report.

In the EIA, the impact of the project is assessed in conjunction with the planning before the decision-making process in order to ensure that future solutions can be influenced. The EIA is a planning tool in which the results of the assessment are taken into account in the discretionary process of the project’s permits. The EIA in itself is not a permit and does not give the right to initiate operations.

EIA investigations

EIA for the mines of the Central Ostrobothnian lithium province

The EIA procedure 2017-2018 connected to the mines of Keliber Oy covers the deposits of Länttä, Syväjärvi, Outovesi, Rapasaari and Leviäkangas located in the regions of Kaustinen and Kokkola.

The EIA program involves assessment on the options for the implementation of mines and concentrator and the impact of the different options. The current state of the area's environment and the impacts of future activities on the environment, soil and bedrock, surface and groundwater, flora and fauna are reviewed during the EIA process. The effects on the landscape, land use and community structure of the area are also investigated.

The EIA procedures of the mines examines the environmental impact of different means of implementation.

EIA for the lithium chemical plant

The EIA procedure of the lithium chemical plant evaluates the operations of Keliber Oy’s lithium chemical plant located in Kokkola Industrial Park (KIP).

Watch the video of EIA report for Kokkola lithium chemical plant (in Finnish only).

EIA for the Kalavesi production plant

The company’s previous plan was to concentrate and refine the ore mined from the company’s mines in the production plant in the village of Kalavesi, Kaustinen. The EIA procedure of the Kalavesi production plant examines the options of executing the Kalavesi production plant and their environmental impact.

In May 2020, Keliber announced that they have chosen to locate the future concentration plant to be built to the main mining area in Päiväneva. Kaustinen. Keliber is preparing a new EIA report for the concentration plant and the mine site in Päiväneva area.