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The Swedish Land and Environment Court announced today its decision in the case of Nordkalk's planned limestone quarry in Bunge Ducker on Northern Gotland in Sweden. The court states in a separate judgement that the permit and conditions can be announced after being tried together with Natura 2000 issues and in consistence with EU's Habitats Directive. The separate judgement means that within a period of one year after the verdict has gained legal force, Nordkalk must present the court with an examination concerning the treatment of discharge water. Execution was not granted.
- It is positive that the court once more establishes the conditions and permit in accordance to our application and thus confirms that activities with suggested precautions and control programme can ensure that there will not be any damages, says Anders Mattsson, Managing Director of Nordkalk AB.
The adversaries have until 23 June to appeal the verdict. Right to appeal is an important part of the Swedish legal system.
The Land and Environment Court of Appeal granted Nordkalk a permit and gave the conditions already on 5 July 2012. However, the ruling was appealed to the Supreme Court, which granted a partial leave to appeal and remanded the case later to Land and Environment Court. Because the case had earlier been divided into a permission respectively a permit ruling, the Supreme Court found that a common trial together with the Natura 2000 issues must be carried out, which now has taken place.
Limestone is a necessity in a modern society and essential for its sustainable development. Limestone is an environmental product that is very useful for the environment in many areas. Gotland has a long tradition of limestone excavation since the early 17th century, and it is the most important region in Sweden in terms of limestone deposits. For Gotland, lime industry is important for employment and tax revenues. It is possible to combine protection of nature values with limestone excavation.
Nordkalk is the leading limestone company in Northern Europe. We deliver essential raw materials to numerous industries, and our solutions contribute to clean air and water as well as productivity of agricultural land.