The collaboration between AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd. and the environmental protection organisations with objection rights is working well. This was the conclusion reached by the Swiss Environmental Organisations (USO), represented by Dr. Martin Furter, following his visit to the construction sites of the Ceneri Base Tunnel on October 29, 2010. The USO acknowledge that the collaboration results in ATG giving a high priority to environmental protection in the planning and execution phases.
For many years, the Swiss environmental protection organisations have regularly visited the construction sites that are operated by AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd. for the NRLA project. These visits allow the national environmental protection organisations (Pro Natura, Rheinaubund, Schweizer Heimatschutz SHS, Stiftung Landschaftsschutz Schweiz SL, Schweizer Vogelschutz SVS Birdlife Schweiz, Verkehrs-Club der Schweiz VCS and WWF Schweiz) to inform themselves about the implementation of environmental protection measures, some of which are specified as conditions resulting from their objections.
At the information event held on October 29, 2010, interest centred on the four construction sites for the Ceneri Base Tunnel at Nodo di Camorino, Vigana, Sigirino and Vezia. The spectrum of environmental issues was wide. Presentations were given on the implementation of measures for air-pollution control, noise abatement, spoil processing, water protection, soil protection, and combating non-native invasive plant species. An on-site inspection also provided the opportunity to gain an impression of the spoil deposit at Sigirino and the future wild-animal corridor at Dosso di Taverne.
In his concluding remarks, the representative of the Swiss environmental protection organisations expressed his thanks for the successful collaboration in the interest of the environment.