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LMP initiates referendum to prevent construction of more battery plants

Opposition LMP has initiated a referendum to prevent the construction of further battery plants in Hungary, Maria Szendefy, a member of the party's national board, said on Thursday.

Szendefy told a press conference that two battery plants were already operating in Hungary, in God and Komarom, and construction of a third one is under way in Ivancsa, and the capacity of these will be sufficient to cover Hungarian requirements necessary for the transition to renewable energy in the coming decades.

She said the plants were dangerous, polluted the environment, and required a huge amount of water and energy. LMP wants tighter environmental and labour protection rules and stricter compliance with the rules for the existing plants, as well as a moratorium on the construction of new ones, she added.

This is LMP’s second attempt to initiate a referendum against battery plants. The National Election Committee rejected their first initiative to make building battery plants conditional on local citizens’ consent.

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