LMP protests against planned Debrecen battery plant

Green opposition LMP has protested against plans to build a battery-production plant near Debrecen, in eastern Hungary, labelling the project as "unacceptable".

LMP co-leader Erzsebet Schmuck told a press conference on Wednesday that “rather than aspiring to be a leading battery producer we should think of the ramifications and feel ashamed”. She insisted the project would leave a much too large carbon footprint and insisted that the mining of lithium, a key component for batteries, “leads to environment pollution and poverty” in the countries affected.

The battery plant would also use excessive amounts of water, she said and noted that the current droughts foreshadowed even worse ones in coming years.

“Battery production should be halted, that road is no longer passable,” Schmuck insisted.

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