Battery factory near Brest fails to open on time

The Ipower battery factory did not open as planned. Instead of the launch at full capacity planned for 11 June, against which Brest residents had been protesting for more than a year, the plant’s leadership held a press conference for journalists. However, not all journalists were allowed to be present there. Neither local bloggers nor the film crew of Belsat were allowed in.

During the press conference, officials announced that the commissioning process which was supposed to be completed on 11 June would last until June 21. The alleged problem is that pollution level exceeds the norm (three kilograms per year) by 123 grams. Activists do not believe such numbers.

“Of course, the exceeding figures mentioned by them, 120 grams, is actually nonsense. Most likely, it is much higher, and this is only sulfur dioxide, and there is also a number of acids and other substances, and for them the excess is not amenable to calculations,” says the opponent of the plant construction site, Vitaly Kazak.