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LMP protests against new battery plant

Opposition LMP on Friday protested against a new battery plant planned in Nyiregyhaza, in northeast Hungary, and said that locals should be asked whether they wanted to live near such facilities.

Party co-leader Erzsebet Schmuck told a press conference in the city, where Chinese Sunwoda has announced to build a plant with a 580 billion forint (EUR 1.5bn) investment, that representative surveys had shown that two-thirds of Hungarians do not want new battery plants.

Already existing plants can satisfy domestic demand, and so new ones would not contribute to a “cleaner” Hungary but would take their products to the international markets, she said.

Battery manufacturing is one of the most water and energy consuming sectors of e-mobility, and one of the most polluting ones, she said. Hungary’s natural resources should rather be put to use in agriculture, especially amid accelerating climate change, she said.

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