The company will appeal to the Permit Dispute Board against the refusal of Flemish Environment Minister Zuhal Demir (N-VA). to write Importance of Limburg It was attached to Standard.
The application made by the initiator Dils-Energie nv, of the German energy company RWE, for a gas-fired power plant in Rotem (Dilsen-Stokkem) has caused a stir for some time now. There was a protest from the neighborhood, and the city council of Dilsen-Stokkem gave negative advice. In the first case, the Limburg delegate CD&V, Open VLD and N-VA refused permission, after which RWE appealed to Flemish Environment Minister Zuhal Demir.
Despite the changes in the file, Demir refused to issue an environmental permit. Dilsen-Stokkem City Council also gave negative advice, while residents and volunteers collected a total of 1,700 objections on behalf of the action committee. The Regional Environmental Licensing Commission has issued conditional favorable advice for the construction of the gas-fired power plant. Demir is also under fire for refusing to issue a permit for the gas-fired power plant in Vilford.
‘Enough points to appeal the decision’
RWE has now decided to file an appeal with the Permit Dispute Board against the refusal of the permit. The energy company is committed to seeing “enough points” to oppose Minister Demer’s decision, said Adrian van der Marel, a spokesman for RWE Benelux. Van der Marel cannot yet specify the points to be discussed.
The future of the site is also part of the study, says Adriaan van der Maarel, a spokesperson for RWE Benelux. We are also looking at other options for this site. It’s early, but it’s still part of the process,” says van der Marel. The procedure could take one to two years, and what will happen immediately is not certain yet, says van der Marel. “It could be something else to come. The profession is important to know the specific requirements of the site, and what might be possible.
If the Licensing Disputes Board rejects the appeal, the gas-fired power plant will certainly not be built like this. If the municipality returns its whistles to Demir, this does not mean that the factory will receive a permit. The permitting procedure must then be repeated.
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