Friday, October 15

The Generalitat authorizes the expansion of the Guardamar battery factory

The mayor of Guardamar del Segura, Jose Luis Sáez (PSOE), showed its satisfaction for the approval because it clears the future of the plant that generates 400 direct jobs, most of them residents of the municipality and Vega Baja. Sáez explained that the delay in the procedure was endangering, in his opinion, the investments that the multinational company has planned in the plant and was even planning to divert them to other production centers. He also remarked that this factory, which was installed along the N-332, between the urban area of ​​Guardamar and San Fulgencio, more than half a century ago, They also depend on numerous indirect jobs through auxiliary suppliers and transport companies, among other.

A few days ago, prior to this authorization proposal for the extension request, the request for Clarios it was favorably estimated from an environmental point of view. Ecologists in Action has demanded throughout the processing process that the Generalitat demand the most advanced technical improvements from the company to prevent lead emissions into the air. This evaluation has included, at the request of this group, a Public Health report in which the company has provided the files with the information on the raw materials used to manufacture self-batteries. Finally, the study they requested on the impact of emissions on the environment of the surroundings -traditional orchard- during all the years of production has not been carried out. The company registered up to one ton of these air emissions of lead to air (2011), which it has reduced to around one hundred. The mayor assures that Clarios has been reporting year after year to the City Council about the improvements to avoid the possible impact of its activity on the environment and on the health of its workers «The company has set safety standards well above what the legislation requires it, “maintains the first mayor who explains that among the workforce there have been no cases of damage due to the use of toxic materials as has occurred in other industries in the province.

The administration has also claimed that the company stop dumping the waters of your conventional sanitation system, as well as the waters of industrial origin, randomly be irrigation attached to the plant and that flows into the sea. Both discharges are previously purified at the plant. It grants a period of five years for the company to invest in the construction of a collector that sends these waters to the Guardamar treatment plant.

Ecologists in Action regrets that none of the companies dedicated to the production of batteries in Spain, and especially this one of Clarios in Guardamar, are rethinking their production to the manufacture of batteries for electric cars as is happening in the rest of Europe; manufacturing that has a much lower impact on the environment. The spokesperson for Ecologistas en Acción explains that he hopes to receive public information on this authorization proposal to present allegations.

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