Pulp fac­tory be­comes «hot potato» in Es­to­nia

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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.

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