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Representation of the future Northvolt factory in Montérégie, on the company's website.
In the judgment on the request for an injunction, on January 26, the judge concluded that the plaintiffs' argument is far from demonstrating that the minister is abdicating his responsibilities or exercising his discretion unreasonably by postponing the development of a wetland restoration plan.
The Minister is not giving Northvolt a blank check.
A quote from Judge David R. Collier, in his judgment of January 26, 2024 relating to the request for & #x27;injunction to stop the work.
Nothing suggests that the future remediation plan proposed by Northvolt will not be subjected to a rigorous analysis by the minister, added the judge.
The CQDE also contests the tree felling permit issued by Saint-Basile-le-Grand and requests that it be declared invalid. In his ruling on the request for an injunction, the judge concluded that there was a presumption of validity.
At the end of January, the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake also filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of Quebec against the provincial and federal governments. He would like the court to order Quebec and Ottawa to consult him in the construction of the battery factory.
Recall that the authorization issued on January 8 to Northvolt does not concern the construction of the factory as such, but only the preparation of the land. Another analysis is underway. If it were the case that the ministry refused to authorize the factory project, the destruction of natural environments would already be complete, or well advanced.
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Thomas Gerbet (Consult the profile)