Environment fears over huge research centre

There is controversy surrounding the Swedish Government’s renewed efforts to get one of Europe’s biggest research facilities built in the southern town of Lund.

The centre would be for scientists to carry out studies involving neutrons and could create hundreds of jobs.

But there are environmental concerns over radioactive materials and former Environment Minister, Lena Sommestad, halted the plans after it was also claimed that mercury would be produced during processes there.

But after the project’s managers said they would look at alternatives, Sweden’s Minister for Education and Research, Lars Leijonborg, says he believes the environmental impact will be minimal and it should go ahead.

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