Source - SMW
Beowulf Mining chief executive Kurt Budge is going to Almedalen next week to push the Swedish government to give a positive decision its Kallak North exploitation concession application.

The company said that yesterday (29 June) the Mining Inspectorate of Sweden returned the  application back to the government.   The Mining Inspectorate has asked the government to decide who should determine what, if any, impact a mining operation at Kallak could have on Laponia.    Beowulf said: "On 27 March 2017, the Swedish National Heritage Board (Riksantikvarieambetet, 'RAÄ') and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvardsverket, 'NV') provided comments to the Mining Inspectorate, acknowledging that Kallak does not directly affect Laponia.  

"While the Mining Inspectorate asked RAA and NV to be specific in where the company's Environmental Impact Assessment  might be insufficient in detail, the agencies merely suggested that the company should provide more details, to describe the possible indirect effects of a mining operation at Kallak on Laponia, the interaction of mining and reindeer herding, and matters related to transport. 

"On 28 April 2017, the company submitted a HIA to the Mining Inspectorate in response to the comments made by RAAand NV.  

"The analysis followed United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation ("UNESCO") guidelines for conducting a HIA. 

"Typically, a HIA is not required with an application for an Exploitation Concession, but the Company voluntarily produced one, with the support of its expert Swedish technical team and Swedish Advisory Board.

"It is understood that the Mining Inspectorate is unable to decide on the Company's application, without an opinion from the County Administrative Board ("CAB") for the County of Norrbotten on the matter of Laponia, and an opinion from the CAB on the Company's application with respect to Chapters 3 and 4 of the Environmental Code."

The company added: "Almost one year ago, on 1 July 2016, the Government asked the Mining Inspectorate of Sweden to review the Company's application for an Exploitation Concession for Kallak North in the context of the Supreme Administrative Court judgement in the case of the Norra Karr project.  

"The Mining Inspectorate has stated that the Company's EIA is consistent, in the detail provided, in meeting the requirements of the SAC judgement."

Budge said: "Our application is back with the Government of Sweden, almost 12 months after the Government asked the Mining Inspectorate to conduct a further review in respect of the Norra Karr judgement, and matters relating to Laponia.
"The Mining Inspectorate has returned the application to the Government confirming that the Kallak EIA is consistent, in the detail provided, in meeting the requirements of the SAC's Norra Karr judgement.
"Yet despite the CAB writing to the Government in July 2015, indicating that the Company's application could be permissible with respect to Chapters 3 and 4 of the Environmental Code, the Mining Inspectorate is unable to decide on the Company's application without a further opinion from the CAB. 
"Since October 2014, and my involvement in this application process, no specific request for additional information, with respect to our application, has been made by any authority.  More recently, neither the CAB, RAA nor NV have specified where our application might be insufficient in the detail provided.
"The Company has maintained that its application is comprehensive, a fact now confirmed by the Mining Inspectorate, and by the CAB's past statements.
"With respect to Laponia, which was granted World Heritage Status in 1996, the guidelines for the establishment of its boundary state that the protected area should typically be so largely defined that exploitations outside the area should not be able to have a significant influence on the core value of the world heritage status (Regeringens skrivelse 2001/02:171, Unescos världsarvskonvention och de svenska världsarvsobjekten).
"Kallak is one thousandth of the size of Laponia, an area of 13.6 square kilometres compared to Laponia's 940,000sq km.  Kallak is approximately 34 kilometres from eastern Laponia at the closest point, and further away as Laponia extends to the north and west.  
"Since 2014, the Swedish Minerals Act and the Environmental Code have not changed, neither has our application, and Laponia was in existence. 

"In 2015, the CAB supported our application, the Mining Inspectorate recommended the Concession be awarded, and now we have it confirmed by the Mining Inspectorate that our EIA is consistent, in the detail provided, in meeting the requirements of the SAC judgement.
"In addition, Jokkmokk sees Kallak as the foundation on which it can build a thriving, diversified and sustainable economy. 
"We trust the Government will see the facts for what they represent, that we have met the requirements of the Swedish Minerals Act and Environmental Code, and that we should be allowed to take the Kallak project forward in partnership with the community in Jokkmokk.
"Next week I will be at Almedalen, pushing for the Government to give us the positive decision which our application, and Jokkmokk, deserve."

At 9:14am: (LON:BEM) Beowulf Mining PLC share price was -2p at 7.75p