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Monks to join protest against Pyrga quarry plant

Stavrovouni monastery

Monks of the Stavrovouni monastery will join residents of Pyrga and Kornos in a demonstration on Saturday to protest the environmental department’s approval for the construction of an asphalt production and recycling plant in the area.

The demonstrators will meet at the entrance of the Pyrga quarry, the waste and pollution from which is one of the main sources of concern for residents, who fear that plans to build the asphalt production and recycling plant will only bring more environmental and health deterioration to the area.

According to Politis newspaper, the environmental department gave the green light for the construction of the plant, arguing that it will be located within the quarry zone.

Local action groups have fought back, claiming the plant will be situated only 2km from the Pyrga and Kornos communities and from the Stavrovouni monastery, as well as just a few metres away from the Natura 2000 protected area.

The groups have also claimed that the two communities of Pyrga and Kornos show increased cases of cancer.

Air pollution will only become worse with the asphalt production and recycling plant, they said, while the consequences of the thousands of tonnes of waste that are dumped in the quarry zone, which is an area of richly-stocked aquifers, are still unclear.

Affected residents have already collected over 12,000 signatures opposing the plans for the construction of the plant, while they claim they have resorted to heightened measures after their efforts to communicate concerns to the relevant state services have been ignored.

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