The Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland has granted an environmental and water-intake permit for Metsä Group's planned bioproduct mill in Äänekoski.
An environmental permit has been granted for Metsä Fibre Oy's bioproduct mill, a bark-drying and bark-gasification plant, a digestion plant, wastewater generated in the integrated mills, joint treatment of municipal wastewater from the town of Äänekoski, and Metsä Board Corporation’s wastewater treatment plant. The permit also allows wastewater from the town of Äänekoski to be treated in the bioproduct mill's wastewater treatment plant.
The decision was made in accordance with the reformed Environmental Protection Act, which came into force in autumn 2014, and the best available techniques (BAT) approved by the European Commission. The bioproduct mill's environmental and water-intake permits also contain permission to proceed, which means that operations may be launched regardless of any possible applications for alterations.
“The environmental permit is an important step in our preparations for making a decision on whether to invest in construction of the mill,” says Ilkka Hämälä, CEO of Metsä Fibre.
You can read the decisions on the Regional State Administrative Agency's webpage at http://www.avi.fi/web/avi/ymparisto-lupa-tietopalvelu