Communication regarding applications and permits pertaining to the Mining Act to change: more online communication, notice board to be closed

19.1.2021 8.41 | Published in English on 25.1.2021 at 10.35
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Practices regarding public notices pertaining to the Mining Act have been specified to correspond to amendments to the Administrative Procedure Act. This change strengthens the established practice of the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes) to issue notifications on its website and promotes the electronic transmission of data. Furthermore, notices will no longer be posted on the Tukes notice board. Other communication channels will be used to convey information more effectively to the concerned parties and other people.

Giving notification of permit applications

Applications pertaining to the Mining Act (mineral exploration, gold panning or mining permit application) will be available on the Tukes website for at least 30 days. Notices will indicate what the application in question concerns and how a reminder or opinion concerning the application can be sent to Tukes.

Information about notices will be sent separately to all parties concerned. This improves the direct access of the parties concerned to information. After all, according to the previous provisions, it was sufficient that a notice was published in a newspaper if there were 30 parties concerned or more. Parties concerned include those who are expressly subject to the activities defined in the application, that is, usually property owners in the area defined in the application.

Notices will be published on the website of the municipality in which the area defined in the application is located, and also in a local newspaper.

Issuing and communicating a decision

Information about decisions pertaining to the Mining Act (reservation decision, or mineral exploration, gold panning or mining permit) will be provided by issuing public notices on the Tukes website. Decisions will be available on the Tukes website for at least the defined appeal period. The appeal period is indicated in public notices.

Information about the issuance of a mineral exploration or mining permit will be sent via email or by post to all property owners in the area.

Information about public notices concerning decisions will be published on the website of the municipality or municipalities in question and in a local newspaper.

Public notices on the Tukes website (in Finnish)

Act on amending the Mining Act 966/2020 (in Finnish)

Further information:

Markus Kauppinen, head of unit, tel. +358 40 748 7151, [email protected]