Fitzgibbon is concerned about the legalization of the Northvolt | project  Battery industry

Fitzgibbon is concerned about the legalization of the Northvolt | project Battery industry

Quebec’s Minister of Economy, Innovation and Energy Pierre Fitzgibbon says he is concerned about the message the justice in the Northvolt case is sending to foreign investors. But his federal counterpart François-Philippe Champagne sees things differently.

During an interview with radio presenter Paul Arcand on Monday morning, Minister Fitzgibbon said yes Absolutely concerned a surge of hostility towards the electric vehicle battery factory project in Montérégie.

Be careful. I am afraid that we are affecting the credibility of Quebec. AND let’s just say that people are clearly asking AND they ask themselves: “Are we welcome in Quebec?.

The minister specified that he had to be careful by answering questions from the 98.5 host, reminding that there is a injunction which will be heard tomorrow.

Northvolt temporarily halted construction work at its factory on Friday while the High Court decides on an application for an injunction.

The Quebec Environmental Law Center and three citizens demanded that the work be stopped. They argue that an MNC’s territory is a the habitat of many endangered or vulnerable animal species and request that the project be submitted to the Bureau of Public Hearings on the Environment (BAPE).

The judge will hear arguments from the various sides on Tuesday morning in Montreal. Until then, work on Northvolt’s property in McMasterville and Saint-Basile-le-Grand is on hold.

Champagne has a different look

The Federal Minister for Innovation, Science and Industry does not have the same overview of the situation as his provincial counterpart.

According to François-Philippe Champagne, who spoke to the media on Monday morning, the legalization of the Northvolt case does not dampen the interest of foreign investors.

I would even tell you the opposite, more and more people are calling me who want to come and stay with usbecause we have a workforce and strong ecosystemsMinister Champagne stated.

Northvolt he knows what he’s getting into AND they are big boysadded the minister.

Minister Champagne at a press conference.

Federal Minister for Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne, unlike his Quebec counterpart, believes that the judicial assessment of the Northvolt case does not dampen the interest of foreign investors.

Photo: The Canadian Press / Christine Muschi

François-Philippe Champagne, who still comments on the opposition movement to the project, added in a society like ours, people can express their opinionbut citizens are asking for it look at the end goal who is from to transform Quebec industry towards a greener industry that respects the environment and enters the 21st century economy..

You can’t be greener than the Swedes, we picked them. This is what people at home need to understand. We didn’t just hire anyone, we chose a Swedish company that cares about the environment, that also cares about working with communitiesMinister Champagne argued.

That is not necessary to do a BAPE

The recycling activities part of the Northvolt battery factory megaproject will have to be evaluated by the Bureau d’audiences publique sur l’environnement (BAPE).

However, several environmental groups and citizens are calling for the entire project to be subject to a BAPE.

Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon, who was questioned on the subject on Monday morning by Paul Arcand, said that there was no need to do a BAPE because the rules don’t require it.

He added that the project will have to, however respect ecological standards imposed by the Ministry of the Environment.

The regulation was changed last February in Quebec to allow the Northvolt project to escape regulatory scrutiny BAPEaccording to information first reported by Radio-Canada.

The production capacity of the plant would be 56,000 metric tons, while the regulations regarding the assessment and investigation of the environmental impact of some projects have been modified to prevent the assessment BAPE to battery factories that produce 60,000 metric tons or less.

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