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DK wants ban on battery plants in Budapest

The opposition Democratic Coalition is submitting to the Budapest city assembly a proposal that would ban the construction of battery plants in the capital, the party's assembly group leader said on Wednesday.

The recent controversy around the Chinese battery plant being built in Debrecen, in eastern Hungary, has made it clear to the country “that the government doesn’t care about Hungarians’ health or protecting the environment”, Sandor Szaniszlo, the mayor of Budapest’s 18th district, told an online press conference.

The Debrecen plant will significantly reduce the amount of arable land in the area, Szaniszlo said, adding that its operation would be a danger to the city’s drinking water supply and air quality. He said the government wanted to build similar plants in other parts of the country as well.

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