Business owners in the tourism sector in Ylläs, Lapland, are concerned that the mine planned in the region will discolour the snow and sully the image of Lapland tourism. Business owner Mauri Kuru says that the Swiss travel agency Kontiki has already threatened to stop organising tours to Ylläs, if the plan is carried out. According to the plan, the roughly 230-metre deep, 2.5-kilometre long and 1.8-kilometre wide Hannukainen open quarry would be opened roughly eight kilometres from the resort area Ylläs, behind the Kuertunturi fell.
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Mine plan stirs anxiety in Lapland
The iron, copper and gold ore extracted at the quarry would be transported on a long conveyor system to Rautuvaara for enrichment. In Rautuvaara, a new larger tailings pond would be built.