Keliber says court 'mostly' rejected appeals challenging its lithium mining permits
(Kitco News) - Finland-focused lithium developer Keliber said today that the Vaasa Administrative Court has mostly rejected three appeals that were filed in March 2019 challenging Keliber Oy's environmental and water permits for the Syväjärvi lithium mining area.
The permits contain a number of provisions that guide Keliber's operations, and in addition, the court now obliged Keliber to further intensify water monitoring. The Vaasa Administrative Court published its decision on 16 June 2021.
CEO Hannu Hautala commented, "While we expected this outcome, we are pleased with the decision, which will advance Keliber's plans to be the first European company to produce lithium hydroxide from its own ore. Our products promote electrification in transportation and contribute to global sustainability."
The company added that the Administrative Court's decision confirms Keliber's view, according to which, the operation will not cause significant harm to the environment or surrounding water bodies. Keliber is committed to minimizing its environmental impact through the use of best available technology and innovation.
Once the decision is legally valid, Keliber said it will start preparatory work for mining activities in compliance with the environmental permit. Preparatory work in the mining area includes, among others, activities such as removal of overburden, the construction of roads and sedimentation basins, as well as making a wetland for overland flow. Ore mining is scheduled to begin in 2024.
Keliber is a European, Finnish special chemical and mining company with the aim of producing sustainable, high-purity, battery-grade lithium hydroxide for the growing lithium battery industry in 2024 by utilizing own ore.