Pulp factory becomes «hot potato» in Estonia
Reacting to the Estonian ministries of finance and environment suggesting that a billion-euro pulp factory planned by the firm EstFor could be erected in either the city of Tartu or the town of Viljandi, the Mayor of Tartu has objected to the idea.
«The plant would be allowed to discharge [smelly exhausts] on 54 days of the year, which the people of Tartu certainly won’t agree with,» the ERR cited Tartu Mayor Urmas Klaas as stating. «Another thing is that the plant would have such an environmental impact on the water quality both of the Emajõgi river as well as Lake Peipus that we wouldn’t be able to meet the conditions set out in the water management plan». The City Council of Tartu is set to meet on March 7, where the Mayor expects to adopt a stance against the construction as the municipality is concerned, in part, by a statement by Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas that there was no specific rule in Estonian law that would allow the city to exercise veto rights as to the building of the plant.