K+S Aktiengesellschaft : Neuhof-Ellers discharge permit
July 17, 2013 (Source: K+S) — The proper disposal of saline wastewater from the Neuhof plant on the Werra also continues to be ensured following a summary decision issued by the Administrative Court of Kassel and published today. In summary proceedings in response to a request from a fishing association, the court provisionally estimated that for reasons due to nature protection law, the discharge of these partial flows cannot be permitted for the time being, until a decision is made in the principal proceedings. The summary decision has no consequences for the Company regarding operations at the K+S plants of Neuhof-Ellers and Werra. The discharge of the saline wastewater from Neuhof, and also the discharge of production wastewater from the Werra plant, continue to be allowed under the existing permit granted to the Werra plant.
K+S applied for the construction and operation of a saline wastewater discharge pipeline from Neuhof-Ellers to Philippsthal, in order to transport saline water arising on the tailings pile of the Neuhof-Ellers plant as a result of rain in the most environmentally friendly way possible, to the Philippsthal plant.
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On 25 June 2012, Kassel regional council granted the required water-law permit for the discharge of wastewater from Neuhof-Ellers into the Werra that is now being complained against. According to the court, the permit does not allow it to be stated with certainty that the discharge of the saline wastewater does not have any negative effects on certain protected natural assets.
K+S is examining the justification of the court’s decision in detail and will avail itself of the legal remedies at hand.
The saline wastewater pipeline from Neuhof to Philippsthal is still being built. Its completion and commissioning are planned for this autumn. At present, saline wastewater is transported by road and rail to Philippsthal, where it is discharged on the basis of existing approvals. With the commissioning of the pipeline, this provisional manner of transportation, which is particularly onerous for communities along the route, will be replaced by an environmentally friendly solution.
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In six mines in Germany, K+S KALI GmbH mines crude salts containing potash, magnesium and sulphur and produces a wide range of high-quality products from them for the agricultural, industrial, healthcare and nutrition sectors. Of the more than 8,000 people employed by the Company, some 5,000 are based at the production sites in Hesse and Thuringia.
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