Oskarshamn harbour cleanup to help Baltic Sea
A precedential court decision on Friday has given authorities the go-ahead to begin decontaminating the harbour in Oskarshamn, southern Sweden, which has been plagued by led, arsenic and copper and other leaks from nearby industries that have also been swept into the Baltic Sea.
The project will cost an estimated 500 million SEK. The head of Oskarshamn's municipal board, Peter Wretlund, thinks the harbour cleanup will begin in the autumn of 2014, unless appeals come in against Friday's decision.
The Environmental Protection Agency, set to finance about half of the project, has tried the municipality's method of decontamination in several lower environmental courts and could still appeal Friday's decision. It has not decided whether to do so, said Anna Sandström, a legal adviser at the agency.
"It's unfortunate to have to delay a decontamination process, but it's important that it's done well to prevent these toxins being spread further," she told news agency TT.