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Northvolt pauses tree felling on its site | The battery industry

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jan19,2024

Northvolt pauses the felling of trees on its site | The battery sector

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Northvolt had to suspend logging work on the land of its future factory, straddling Saint-Basile-le-Grand and McMasterville.

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Northvolt says it has stopped the felling of trees on the site of its future factory, in Montérégie, after filing yesterday a request for an injunction which was to be heard today, but which was postponed to Tuesday.

Friday morning, Judge David R. Collier, of the Superior Court of Quebec, postponed until Tuesday the hearing on the request for an injunction from the Quebec Center for Environmental Law (CQDE) and three citizens, filed Thursday, and who request the immediate suspension of work on the battery factory project in this region.

Meanwhile, the Swedish multinational cannot carry out tree felling work in wetlands and 500 meters from them, on the site of the future factory.

Tree felling began earlier this week on the site of the future factory in McMasterville and Saint-Basile-le-Grand. The Ministry of the Environment had authorized it.

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Tree felling work, which Northvolt began at the beginning of the week in Montérégie, will have to remain on break until next Tuesday.

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The CQDE justifies its request to suspend logging work by the risks this poses to biodiversity. No fewer than 12 environmental groups issued a statement last Wednesday calling for an independent environmental assessment of the site of the future Northvolt factory.

Expressing their fears, These groups indicated that without an independent assessment, the government will become a prisoner of the successive concessions it has made so far.

The CQDE's lawyers also argue that a few months ago, the destruction of wetlands in the same location had been refused as part of another project and that the ministry's experts mentioned at the time: time the importance of these environments for the region and for biodiversity.

The Ministry of the Environment had authorized the start of the work construction of the factory, without an examination by the Bureau d'public hearings on the environment (BAPE).

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A security guard near the future site of the Northvolt factory, straddling McMasterville and Saint-Basile-le-Grand, in Montérégie.

With information from The Canadian Press

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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