* Finnish court overrules appeals over nuclear plant plan
* Fennovoima says to announce new site in few weeks
* Environmentalists to appeal to European parliament,
(Adds background on Finnish nuclear energy policy,
HELSINKI, Sept 21 Finland's supreme
administrative court overruled appeals over a nuclear reactor
project by Fennovoima, clearing the way for the nuclear power
consortium to announce a new site.
Fennovoima, led by German utility E.ON's (EONGn.DE) Finnish
subsidiary, said on Wednesday it will announce the new site in a
few weeks following the court decision. The two candidate sites,
Pyhajoki and Simo, are both in northern Finland.
The plan shows that Finland is staying its course in
pursuing cheap electricity despite the disaster in Japan in
March and Germany's decision to phase out nuclear power.
Proponents of Finland's nuclear policies say the economy
cannot afford to do the same as Germany. Finland's long, cold
winters mean high energy consumption, and its forest businesses
and steel makers depend on cheap electricity.
The Finnish parliament voted in July 2010 to back the
building of two new nuclear rectors by Fennovoima and utility
Teollisuuden Voima (TVO), raising Finland's total number to
Environmentalists said they would take their complaint to
the European Union.
"Now that we have received these decisions, we will make a
complaint to European Parliament," Simo region environmental
activist Aimo Tervahauta told Reuters, adding another complaint
would most likely to be made to the European Commission.
Fennovoima's shareholders include stainless steel maker
Outokumpu , retailer Kesko , and the local
subsidiaries of Swedish metals firm Boliden .
(Reporting by Terhi Kinnunen; Editing by Hans-Juergen Peters)