Last year, 5,000 applications for exemptions were filed—and 95% were approved.
Jan Darpö, associate professor of environmental law at Uppsala University, says that the exemptions fly in the face “of the intentions of the [original] legislation.”
Initially, county administrative boards had to approve the exemptions, but new legislation has placed that responsibility with local authorities.
This will only increase the exemptions, says Jan Darpö.
“The local authorities can now do whatever they want…and no one can complain.”