Holcim Hungaria submits environmental study for plant

Holcim Hungaria submits environmental study for plant
Published: 06 March 2007

Holcim Hungaria Zrt., the Hungarian unit of Swiss cement producer Holcim Ltd submitted Monday the environmental impact study for its planned HUF65bn (US$339.7m) cement factory in northwestern Hungary. 
 
Holcim Hungaria President Richard Skene said the study showed the cement factory to be built in Nyergesujfalu will have minimal impact on the environment and doesn’t present any threat to public health, MTI reported. 
 
The study was prepared by independent analysts, academics and environmental protection consultancies, Skene added. 
 
Hungarian authorities have 120 days to evaluate the study, together with civil organizations and the public. If permission is then granted for the factory to be built, it could start production in 2010. 
 
The location of the new plant is a controversial issue as residents of a number of villages in the region, concerned about possible emissions from the plant, voted in a referendum in April 2006 against having it located in their region. Several Hungarian environmental groups are also lobbying against the new plant. 
 
Holcim is due to close its existing Hungarian cement factory over the next 10-15 years due to the outdated technology it uses.