HELSINKI, Finland, Oct. 2 (UPI) — The Russian-German joint venture planning a natural gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea can remove war material from the route, Finnish officials said.
Park of the pipeline route along the bottom of the Baltic passes through the Finnish economic zone, Helsingin Sanomat reported.
Fewer than 30 mines and other war material, including a bomb, are on the bottom, Mika Seppala of the Western Finland Environmental Permit Authority said.
Seppala said changing shipping routes require Nord Stream to announce its plans following International Maritime Association procedures.
The Finnish government must grant permission for the actual construction of the pipeline on the recommendation of the Western Finland Environmental Permit Authority. That decision is expected in December, the report said.
When it applied for permission to remove the weapons, Nord Stream emphasized it was acting in the public interest. Baltic countries often must dismantle mines from the Baltic Sea bottom. The countries estimate more than 800 have been destroyed since 1996.
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