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Northvolt obtained from the Ministry of the Environment of Quebec a wetland intervention permit to prepare the site intended to accommodate the largest manufacturing project in the history of the province. (Archive photo)

  • Anne Marie Lecomte (View profile)Anne Marie Lecomte

Northvolt will begin preparatory work on the site which will host its battery factory in the coming days after having obtained the necessary authorizations from Quebec, the company announced on Tuesday.

By press release, the Swedish company said it had obtained a permit for intervention in wet and water environments from the Ministry of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change. A building permit from the town of Saint-Basile-le-Grand is also required.

Consequently, Northvolt will begin in the coming days preparatory work on the site where it will build a huge vehicle battery factory, in Montérégie.

In order to obtain authorization from the Ministry of the Environment, the company says it has demonstrated that it has avoided the most sensitive areas and that it will minimize its footprint on the site. Northvolt assures that it has compensated for its impact on wetlands and that it will compensate for its impact on natural environments.

This vast battery cell manufacturing project benefited from financial assistance from the federal and provincial governments to the tune of $7.3 billion. In addition, thanks to a $240 million loan from François Legault's government, Northvolt acquired the 18.5 million square foot land which formerly housed the Canadian explosives factory. Industries Limited (CIL).

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In its press release on Tuesday, Northvolt would like to point out that some of the wetlands had been created by humans during decontamination work on the site. These wetlands, she says, have become of interest to wildlife.

Thus Northvolt ensures that its approach has the effect of Avoid the potential habitat of the least bittern (a heron) and the spiny softshell turtle. It also undertakes to protect the intermittent and permanent watercourses of the site with a buffer zone.

However, the company recognizes that it will not be possible to avoid all wetlands during the construction of its manufacturing complex. As compensation, she said she paid $4.75 million to the State Environmental and Water Protection Fund.

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