Antwerp chemical company Evonik only gets a provisional permit

Antwerp chemical company Evonik only gets a provisional permit
Antwerp chemical company Evonik only gets a provisional permit

Environment Minister Zuhal Demir gives the chemical company a trial license to further check whether the exploitation does not harm people and the environment too much.

Evonik is one of the major players from the port of Antwerp that applied for a new, perpetual permit for their installations last year. The re-license was awaited. After the nitrogen ruling, the fear arose that no industrial activity in Flanders would be able to obtain a permit.

Evonik also received his permit from the Antwerp Bestendige Deputation, but the Bond Beter Leefmilieu appealed, as a result of which the file ended up on the plate of Flemish Minister for the Environment Zuhal Demir (N-VA).

He is now more strict. Evonik will only receive a two-year trial license, during which the company must demonstrate that it can deliver on its promises. Demir does this because Evonik has described commitments in an additional note, which are not part of the approved environmental impact report. She also discusses a number of contradictions, from which she decides that she does not have all the correct information to grant a final permit. For example, Evonik must present the results of research into the sources of PFOS emissions and conduct a study into nitrogen-reducing measures.

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According to Tycho Van hauwaert of the Bond Beter Leefmilieu, it seems that environmental policy is ‘finally being taken seriously’. ‘After Total, Evonik now only gets a trial permit for two years,’ he says. ‘Both according to the principle: first prove that action is being taken, then a permit. This resolute approach by the Minister for Industry must also be extended to agriculture.’

The article is in Dutch


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