The House Environment Committee urged local authorities in Aradippou to look into whether a gold refining facility could be relocated to a heavy industry area following reactions from residents concerned about their health.
“It could be placed a bit farther down, where the heavy industry area is,” committee chairman Adamos Adamou said after the issue was discussed in parliament.
Plans to set up the facility in the area designated for light industry has caused uproar among residents who say it would use toxic substances, such as chlorine gas, which could be fatal if inhaled.
Adamou said that in the event of an accident the environmental impact but also the effects to the residents’ health might be dramatic.
The company presented MPs with a study, including the safety measures, that minimise the possibility of any accident.
“But this does not allay the concerns of the residents and the other municipalities in the area,” Adamou said.
The House committee decided to appeal to the Aradippou Municipality to consider an alternative location inside the heavy industry estate.
The municipality, which has not issued the building permit yet, should also look into the environmental impact and the effects on the people’s health before deciding, Adamou said.