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Aradippou residents vow to fight on against gold refinery

Aradippou municipality

By Annette Chrysostomou

Residents said on Friday they will intensify their fight against a gold refinery planned for Aradippou area after a building permit was issued on Wednesday.

The Aradippou industrial area, where the plant will be located, is near the residential areas of Dromolaxia, Kalo Chorio, Aradippou, and the Larnaca municipality.

The decision to issue the permit came after weeks of debates over potential health hazards posed by the heavy metals that could be released by the factory in case of an accident.

“We will file an appeal to the Supreme Court,” Elena Kalli from the Larnaca-Aradippou-Krasas citizens’ group said on Friday, “and also a complaint to the auditor-general. We have already filed a complaint with the ombudswoman.”

Kalli stressed that the group of concerned citizens will not stop the fight; on the contrary, they planned to intensify their efforts in the coming days.

“We are in the process of examining other steps such as involving the EU environment commission. Possibly we will file another court appeal. We will meet in the afternoon today (Friday) to discuss further measures,” she told the Cyprus Mail.

Aradippou municipal councillor Evanthia Savva, who voted against granting the permit, confirmed that the matter did not end with the building permit and that further action was under debate.

“We don’t want this refinery,” she said, “and we are not happy just because some safety standards have been added. There will be long term problems for the environment. Also, human error plays a big role everywhere and nobody can tell us there won’t be an accident.”

The building permit was issued by the municipal council by majority vote on Wednesday. The proposal was passed by a six-to-five majority, with one abstention, a DIKO councillor. One DISY councillor was absent.



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