24/03/2022

Supreme Administrative Court remits Sokli’s environmental permit for reconsideration to Regional State Administrative Agency

Finnish Minerals Group to evaluate the impacts of this decision.

The Supreme Administrative Court has remitted the decision made on the environmental and water management permit for Sokli mining project in full for reconsideration to the Regional State Administrative Agency due to uncertainties. Finnish Minerals Group will carefully review the 350-page decision issued by the Supreme Administrative Court and evaluate its impact on the mining project preparations. 

The Sokli mining project is located in Savukoski, Northern Finland. The mine would strengthen Europe’s self-sufficiency in phosphate and other critical raw materials.

Decision of Supreme Administrative Court based on previous owner’s permit application

The permitting process was initiated slightly under 10 years ago by the previous holder of the rights to the mining project, Yara Suomi Oy. The rights to the Sokli mining project acquired by Finnish Minerals Group were transferred to the Group’s fully owned project company, Sokli Oy, in December 2020.

The Supreme Administrative Court’s review of the environmental permit application for Sokli was based on the environmental and water management permit granted to Yara by the Regional State Administrative Agency in 2018, on which the Vaasa Administrative Court issued a positive decision in 2020. The permit under review concerns the annual excavation of 10 million tonnes of phosphorus and iron ore, and the excavation of any resulting waste rock.

 

For further information, please contact:

Pasi Heino, Project Manager, tel. +358 50 5535 032, pasi.heino@mineralsgroup.fi.

 

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