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Environmental authority revokes Holcim's permit to expand quarry in N Hungary

Hungary's National Inspectorate for Environment, Nature and Water has revoked an environmental permit that Holcim Hungaria Zrt, the Hungarian unit of Swiss cement company Holcim, obtained to conduct a 90-hectare expansion of the company's limestone quarry in northern Hungary, the civil environmental-organizations that appealed the decision to grant the permit informed MTI on Wednesday evening.

Holcim Hungaria planned to increase capacity at the quarry by threefold to 1.8m tons per year in order to provide the raw material necessary to expand the company's nearby cement plant.

Holcim Hungaria officials told MTI on Wednesday that the company was still contemplating its next steps with regard to the proposed expansion of the cement plant in Nyergesújfalu, located along the Danube River in northern Hungary, following the decision to revoke the quarry-expansion permit. (MTI-Econews)