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The Northvolt Six complex will be built on the border of the municipalities of Saint-Basile-le-Grand and McMasterville.

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The Quebec Environmental Law Center (CQDE) and three citizens filed a request for an injunction in the Superior Court on Thursday to demand the immediate suspension of work on the Northvolt battery factory project, in Montérégie.

Tree felling work began this week on the site of the future factory in McMasterville and Saint-Basile -le-Grand, after the Ministry of the Environment authorized last week the start of construction work on the factory.

In a press release released Thursday, the CQDE requests the suspension of this work which is worrying for biodiversity.

The hearing on this appeal should take place on Friday morning at the Montreal courthouse, according to the press release.

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

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Which makes the CQDE say that' there seems to be a double standard.

As the situation requires an urgent response for environmental protection, we are now addressing courts. We regret having to go this far, but the ongoing destruction, without an adequate response to public concerns, forces us to act quickly, says Marc Bishai, lawyer at the CQDE.

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