The federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, François-Philippe Champagne, believes, unlike his Quebec counterpart, that the judicialization of the Northvolt case does not dampen the interest of foreign investors.
Still commenting on the opposition movement to the project, François-Philippe Champagne added that in a society like ours, people can express their opinion, but he asks citizens to look at the final objective which is to transform Quebec industry towards a greener industry, which will be environmentally conscious and which will enter the 21st century economy.
You can't get more environmentally conscious than Swedes, we chose them. This is what people at home need to understand. We didn't take just anyone, we chose a Swedish company which is concerned about the environment, which is also concerned about working with communities, argued Minister Champagne. p>
Part of the Northvolt battery cell factory megaproject, that which concerns recycling activities, will have to be evaluated by the Office of Public Hearings on the environment (BAPE).
Several environmental groups and citizens, however, are demanding that the entire project be subject to a BAPE .
Questioned on this subject by Paul Arcand on Monday morning, Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon indicated that there was no need to do a BAPE because the rules do not require it.
He added that the project will however have to respect environmental standards imposed by the Ministry of the Environment.
A regulation was modified last February by Quebec to allow the Northvolt project to escape a BAPE examination, according to information first relayed by Radio-Canada.
The production capacity of the factory would be 56,000 metric tons, while the Regulations relating to the assessment and review of impacts on #x27;environment of certain projects have been modified to avoid a BAPE assessment for battery factories that produce 60,000 metric tons or less.