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Tokaj wine-growers welcome decision prohibiting power plant

Vintners in Hungary's famous Tokaj wine-growing region welcome a decision by Slovakian authorities to nix plans for good to build a coal-fueled power plant nearby, wine-growing association Tokaj Renaissance told MTI.

The plant would have caused severe environmental damage to the Tokaj region, which is inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List, the association said.

Slovakia's Ministry of Construction and Regional Development on Tuesday rejected an appeal by energy giant CES to reverse an earlier decision by local building authorities that did not allow construction of the €1.3 billion, 885MW plant. Local Hungarian language daily Új Szó reported that more than 10,000 of the 22,000 citizens of Trebisov, about 15km from the border with Hungary, signed a petition against the plant, which was to be built about a kilometer from the city center.

The Tokaj region produces about 3.5 million hectoliters of wine each year, or 5%-7% of the country's total wine output. In terms of value, wine from the region generates about 10% of the wine-growing industry's HUF 90 billion average annual turnover. (MTI – Econews)