The Vaud Department of Environment and Safety (DES) renewed the authorization to operate the Mormont quarry, the expiry date of which was set for June 30, 2022. The company Holcim (Switzerland) SA, which operates the site , filed a request for an extension of the permit with the General Directorate of the Environment in December 2021. This request “was found to be consistent with the original investigation file and the decisions of the Department of Environment and Safety as well as of that of the infrastructures of June 16, 2000 , communicated Tuesday the DES.
Mining will continue to be deployed within the perimeter and according to the conditions set out in the cantonal allocation plan (PAC) and the extraction plan. Approximately one million m3 of limestone can be extracted over the next five years.
As for the subsequent continuation of mining in the new extraction plan for Birette, it is recalled that a ruling by the Federal Court is still awaited. Discussions with a view to filling open careers are also underway.
Le Mormont, which overlooks the villages of Eclépens and La Sarraz, was the site of Switzerland’s first zone to be defended (ZAD), between October 2020 and March 2021. Environmental activists opposed to its continued exploitation have installed on the Birette plateau, at the top of the hill, before being dislodged by the police.
This occupation had political repercussions. An initiative called “Save Mormont” was recently tabled by the Greens. Its purpose is to include the protection of the site in the Vaud Constitution and to encourage the authorities to free themselves from concrete. The people will have to speak out.
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