Samsung’s Environmental Permit Suspended by Budapest Court - Will Battery Factory in Göd Now Be Shut Down?

  • 3 May 2024 7:24 AM
  • Hungary Around the Clock
Samsung’s Environmental Permit Suspended by Budapest Court - Will Battery Factory in Göd Now Be Shut Down?
The Budapest District Court has ruled that the environmental permit issued for the Samsung SDI battery factory in Göd must be suspended until a higher court decides whether it violates environmental regulations.

Local activists group the Göd-ÉRT Association challenged the environmental use permit issued in December and requested that the permit not be in effect while the lawsuit is pending. The Budapest court granted the latter request.

The NGO maintains that the ruling means that the factory should be shut down, and has sent a letter to the county government office and Samsung to that effect.

The NGO argues that the operation of the factory does not comply with either Hungarian or European environmental protection standards.

The plaintiff maintains that, in issuing the permit, the Pest county government office did not take into account the noise pollution of the plant that had existed for years, and was also extremely permissive regarding air and water pollution, as well as battery waste.

The government office can appeal against the order within eight days. However, the suspension of the permit will remain valid and enforceable until the Capital Court Board decides on this appeal.

MTI Photo: Márton Mónus


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