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court ruling

Limestone quarry gets green light

Published torsdag 21 oktober 2010 kl 18.51

Despite massive criticism there will be a new limestone quarry on the island of Gotland’s northern tip, news agency TT reports. The project has been criticised by environmentalist since it will be a threat to rare plants in the area.

The Supreme Court announced that they will not try the case which means that last year’s decision from the Environmental Court stands.

Nordkalk, the company that will run the quarry, says they will be able to extract 2.5 million tonnes of limestone over the next 25-40 years.

But the decision is in stark contrast with Sweden’s environmental policy according to many environmentalists.

The Environmental Protection Agency have say they would rather turn the area into a natural reserve and say they are worried that the quarry could also affect the groundwater.

“This is an amazing area with Golden Eagles, whippoorwills and unique hawkbit flowers. Our children and our grand children will have a hole instead,” Mikael Karlson, at the agency said.

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