Monday 15 August 2022

Zandvoort nitrogen permit remains in force, giving Grand Prix the green light

The circuit from the air. Photo Essay Produkties via Circuit Zandvoort

The environmental permits awarded to the Zandvoort racing track can remain in force pending a detailed court decision, the highest Dutch administrative court has ruled.

The Council of State ruling clears the way for the September Grand Prix to take place as planned.

A number of environmental groups had called on the courts to suspend the circuit’s  permit, until a definitive decision in their ongoing appeal had been taken.

They argue that the the province of Noord Holland should not have given a permit because of doubts about the way the nitrogen emissions generated by the racing and thousands of fans had been calculated.

Noord-Holland district court said earlier this year that the objections were without grounds and that the permit should remain in force, a decision which the green groups are now appealing.

A definitive ruling is not due until next year.

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