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LMP: Battery plants health risk in northern Hungary

A battery plant near Komarom, in northern Hungary, might be endangering citizens' health as the cumulative effect of the plant's multiple units on the environment has not been tested, opposition LMP warned on Thursday, after a public hearing at city hall.

Party spokesman Jozsef Gal told a press conference that the drinking water supply of the city would not be able to cover the needs of the plants. The use of water from springwater wells around nearby Tata are already depleting karst water in the area, he said.

Humidity in the air around the plants might concentrate pollution there, he added.

Gal slammed the Fidesz mayor of Komarom, Attila Molnar, for not answering questions on the battery plant.

LMP has initiated a referendum to make new battery plants conditional on residents’ consent, he noted.

At the public hearing, which was originally on the city budget, Molnar called the dispute on the plant expansion “political profiteering”.

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