Confusion surrounding the construction of small nuclear reactors in Poland. Despite the negative opinion of the Internal Security Agency, the Ministry of Climate and Environment issued a basic decision. Mariusz Kamiński protests against the allegations against the Internal Security Agency.
The opinion of the Internal Security Agency on the construction of modular nuclear reactors by Orlen Synthos Green Energy has not faded away. The former coordinator of special services, Mariusz Kamiński, reacted to the words of the company’s management board.
The Ministry has given consent to SMRs
“The Ministry of Climate and Environment has issued a fundamental decision regarding the location of small nuclear reactors. Thus, we have the green light to build SMRs in Poland, the first of which will be built by 2030. This is very good news for Poles and the Polish economy, because SMRs are a guarantee of cheap energy and heat for cities. – said Orlen’s president, Daniel Obajtek, on the X platform (formerly Twitter).
Orlen, through Orlen Synthos Green Energy (OSGE, a joint company of the concern with Synthos), has been trying to obtain a decision in principle for many months. Such a decision is a kind of confirmation from the state that it “accepts” the plans of the investor or owner of a given nuclear technology.
The Internal Security Agency blocks the construction of SMRs
However, the decision of the Ministry of Environmental Protection is not as obvious as it may seem. Earlier, the Internal Security Agency issued a negative opinion on this matter.
Orlen Synthos Green Energy did not receive a positive opinion from the Internal Security Agency, which is required in the process of obtaining the main decision. Therefore, it is not known whether the decision was issued despite the negative opinion of the Internal Security Agency or whether the Agency changed its assessment of the OSGE project.
Mariusz Kamiński reacts
Mariusz Kamiński, who until recently, as the Minister of Interior and Administration, supervised the work of the Internal Security Agency, also issued a statement on the matter.
“The allegations of the management of OSGE regarding the opinion of the Internal Security Agency regarding the application for a fundamental decision for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Poland contain manipulation and lies” – wrote Mariusz Kamiński, and then presented a number of arguments.
The Internal Security Agency reviews applications regarding the basic decision regarding the construction of nuclear power plants in Poland. Before issuing an opinion, the Agency conducts a multi-element opinion-giving procedure aimed at assessing the impact of the indicated investment on the internal security of the state.
“It improperly protects the interests of the state”
Kamiński wrote that, in the opinion of the Internal Security Agency, the investment does not adequately protect the interests of the state. He noted, however, that some of the information is classified.
“Referring to the application submitted by OSGE, it should be noted that, in the opinion of the Internal Security Agency, the company’s investment does not adequately protect the interests of the State Treasury, including Orlen. Detailed findings in this matter, including classified information, were presented to authorized entities and cannot be made public.” – we read.
The activities of the Internal Security Agency undertaken in this case were aimed at properly securing the interests of the Republic of Poland and were carried out in accordance with the regulations and maintaining the highest standards.
Manipulations and lies
The former minister also noted that he assessed the activities of the OSGE company very negatively.
“I categorically reject the insinuations and lies of the OSGE company, which tries to manipulate the image of the ABW’s activities and also brings charges against the Agency’s management and the ministers supervising the services. These are unauthorized actions aimed at manipulating public opinion and leading to distortion of the actions taken by the Agency in this matter. – we read in the statement.