Quebec requests a BAPE from Northvolt, which welcomes the news

Northvolt, into which Quebec has poured $1.37 billion in public subsidies of all kinds, is facing a Bureau of Public Hearings on the Environment (BAPE) for part of its mega-factory project related to battery recycling, but says that he welcomes the message.

“With our arrival in Quebec, we commit to respecting all environmental laws and following the processes provided for by the regulations,” said Paolo Cerruti, co-founder of Northvolt and CEO of Northvolt North America, in a press release.

“The BAPE approach will allow citizens to obtain all the information necessary to fully understand our battery recycling processes,” he added.

The information, first published by Radio-Canada on Friday morning, has already prompted a response from the company that will have the Legault government’s flagship battery sector project.

In mid-September, Le Journal announced that Quebec would pour $1.37 billion in all kinds of public subsidies into the Northvolt project.

Earlier this month, real estate investor Luc Poirier pulled off a masterstroke by selling land for $20 million (more than $240 million in 2015) to Northvolt, which bought it with a repayable loan from Quebec.

Battery recycling

In its announcement on Friday morning, Northvolt assured that it would take back used batteries and production waste.

“The recycling process includes four stages: electrical discharge of the battery, dismantling of parts, crushing and sorting, and hydrometallurgy, a process that allows the recovery of raw materials,” the company explained.

“Northvolt has voluntarily committed to collecting accessible data on the elements that aroused the greatest interest when it met with the citizens of Vallée-du-Richelieu. The results of these assessments will be published,” she concluded.

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Originally posted 2023-11-10 13:58:19.


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