By Constantinos Psillides
A BIOMASS power plant operating near the village of Kato Moni in the Nicosia district is suspected of emitting high doses of potentially lethal gas, according to the House Environmental Committee.
Greens’ MP Yiorgos Perdikis told the press that during a discussion on pollution issues plaguing the village residents, officials from the Labour Inspection Department admitted that the power plant was emitting high levels of hydrogen sulphide, a colourless gas with the odour of rotten eggs that is both poisonous and flammable.
“Breathing in this gas has damaging consequences to local residents’ health. We call upon all competent authorities to immediately step in and sort this problem out,” said Perdikis, who added that the company hasn’t taken any corrective measures.
The company has not responded to the criticism.
Kato Moni residents are outraged over a number of animal farms that operate near the village. It is estimated that over 75,000 pigs are housed in the three farms near the community. The biomass power plant was largely funded by the pig farmers, who sought to manage the waste produced by their farms.