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Holcim scraps plan to burn hazardous waste

Holcim, one of the world's biggest cement makers, announced on Wednesday that it has scrapped plans to burn hazardous waste at its proposed new plant in the village of Nyergesújfalu (North Hungary), according to economic daily Világgazdaság. Environmental organizations and some local residents had opposed the construction of the proposed Ft 62 bln Holcim plant in the Nyergesújfalu industrial park on the grounds that the company's planned incineration of an annual 75,000 tonnes of waste, some of it hazardous, at the site posed an environmental threat to the village's air and drinking water. The planned Holcim plant, with a capacity to produce 1.5 million tones of cement a year, would be completed by 2009, at which time the company would close another of its factories with only a third of this capacity currently operating in the nearby village of Lábatlan. The Lábatlan plant's workers would then be transferred to the new Nyergesújfalu plant and an additional 52 workers would be hired,
according to company officials.