Published On: Tue, Apr 17th, 2018

Once again environmental groups place a lien on oil refinery

SMOC-islaWILLEMSTAD - Humanitarian Care Foundation, Clean Environment Foundation (SMOC) and 25 local residents have once again place a 75 million guilders lien on the oil refinery Isla and the Build Own and Operate (BOO) plants. With this, the environmental groups want to force the oil refinery to comply with the ruling in an appeal from 2010.

The judge then ruled that the refinery cannot emit more sulfur dioxide than the licensing standard until 2014. Isla is now filing a lawsuit against the lien.

Tomorrow this case will be presented before a judge. The lien was carried out last March after a report from the Stichting Advisering Bestuursrechtspraak voor Milieu en Ruimtelijk Ordening, which was completed in early 2017.

This report shows that in 2014 the permissible emissions of 80 micrograms per cubic meter had been exceeded. In 2010, the Court had ruled that in that case a penalty payment of 75 million guilders could be imposed.

The central question tomorrow during the court case is whether the standard was actually exceeded in 2014, based on the criteria in 2010


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