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Remediation is restoring the area where the mine has been in operation so that it becomes a natural part of the surrounding landscape again. The goal is to create a long-term solution that does not harm the environment or involve safety risks for nature and people. The method used is determined by the conditions of the specific area.
The Environmental Code sets requirements for plans and finances for remediation of the mining area. The Environmental Code’s principle that the polluter is responsible applies. In 2019, approximately SEK 3.5 billion was set aside by the mining companies in Sweden for this. A company may not open a mine unless money has been set aside to finish the area when the mine is closed. Money is locked with the County Administrative Board for the company until the mine is closed and remediated.
Further reading about how some of our mining companies work with remediation