The presidential administration will create a special commission overseeing the construction of a battery plant near Brest. At least this was promised to local activist by Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s assistant.
Vasil Herasimau, General Inspector of the Brest Region, has met with the opponents of the construction.
“The most important thing is that everyone has learned about the problem — it is decided not at the local level, but at the level of the government and the administration of the head of state,” the blogger Alyaksandr Kabanau summed up the results of the meeting.
According to the activist, in recent days, several new facts related to the new plant have surfaced — all of them were submitted to Vasil Herasimau.
“In addition to lead emissions, hydrogen will be generated at the plant: it means the plant is a fire hazard,” says Kabanau.
This information was not submitted to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the activist adds.
Protests against the “iPower” plant, which will produce lead-acid batteries, began in January. Local residents fear for their health. As a result, activists managed to collect 37,000 signatures against the enterprise. These voices of local residents were sent to the Presidential Administration. Activists Alyaksandr Kabanau and Siarhey Petrukhin said that they would come out to the square if the construction did not stop. As a result, they were punished with fines for appeals for protest.
See the full conversation with Mr Kabanau in the “Hot Comment” program