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Nordkalk’s permit application for the Bunge quarry on Gotland rejected

Tiina Roine (info a, 11 September 2018

The Swedish Land and Environmental Court of Appeal has today announced its rejection of Nordkalk’s permit application including conditions for the planned limestone quarry Bunge Ducker 1:64 on Northern Gotland. Nordkalk received a permit including conditions for the operations in 2014, but since the Swedish government decided to protect the area as a Natura 2000 area before the permit gained legal force, the preconditions have now changed.

The Court has based its deliberations on the new conditions resulting from the Swedish government’s decision on Natura 2000. Since a large part of the natural habitat Karst, that the government wanted to protect, is within the extraction area, the Court finds that the operations cannot be carried out without harming the natural habitat. The Court also rejects Nordkalk’s petition to seek a preliminary ruling from the Court of Justice of the EU. 

- We are of course disappointed, since we already have received a permit on two earlier occasions - a permit that could have been confirmed now, if it wasn’t for the government’s Natura 2000 decision. The fact that the government intervenes in an ongoing permit process and changes the preconditions so radically as in this case, and in favour of the state, is not legally secure. A private business’s basic legal rights must be taken care of and protected, says Håkan Pihl, Chief Geologist at Nordkalk.

- Even though the process has been going on for over 12 years, Nordkalk will take the matter further, first to the Supreme Court, but if needed also to the European Court of Human Rights. It is important that the Bunge case will be tried all the way, not only for our own but for the whole industry’s sake, he concludes.

Limestone is a prerequisite for clean air and water. Lime improves the environmental performance in the industry and within agriculture and contributes to sustainable development. A large number of industries, including our base industries, depend on limestone in their production.

Further information:
Eva Feldt
Communications Manager, Scandinavia
+46 (0)10-476 2664, +46 (0)739-20108
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Håkan Pihl
Chief Geologist, Nordkalk Group
+358 (0)20 753 7169
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Nordkalk is the leading company providing limestone-based products and solutions in Northern Europe. We deliver essential raw material to numerous industries such as the pulp, paper, metals, mining, construction and chemicals industry. Our solutions contribute to clean air and water as well as the productivity of agricultural land.

With production in more than 20 locations in the Baltic Sea area, Central Europe, Norway and Turkey, we are always near our customers. The company employs 1000 people, and in 2017 it had a turnover of EUR 304 million. Nordkalk is owned by Rettig Group.

Leader in Northern Europe

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.