The court of Gelderland is canceling eighty nature permits that were granted on the basis of the Nitrogen Approach Program (PAS), the court said on Friday. The permits were mainly for livestock farms.
Environmental organizations in particular demanded that the permits be withdrawn. The Council of State (RvS) ruled last May that the PAS may not be used to grant permits, as a result of which the court has now made the decision to destroy it.
On the basis of the PAS, governments were able to give permission for projects in the vicinity of so-called Natura 2000 areas despite possible nitrogen emissions.
With the PAS, the harmful effects on nature did not have to be compensated immediately. The RvS decided in May that the PAS was contrary to European legislation.
With the decision of the court, the province of Gelderland must review the activities of the farmers concerned and see whether they can still obtain a permit without the PAS.
Nitrogen judgment has consequences for eighteen thousand projects
The nitrogen ruling has consequences for eighteen thousand projects in the Netherlands, NRC reported Friday. Thousands of projects were initially taken into account.
Minister Carola Schouten (Agriculture) wanted to inform the House of Representatives about the nitrogen problem, but according to NRC that would be postponed until at least the end of next week. The ministry would wait for a new method to calculate the emission limits.
As a result of the nitrogen statement, the maximum speed on motorways around the Veluwe is also falling and the increase in the maximum speed on the A2 cannot continue for the time being. The planned widening of the Utrecht ring road has also been stopped.
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