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Lead Production in Kurdjali to Be Phased Out

This will happen for the first time in the 55-year history of the flagship of Bulgarian non-ferrous metallurgy

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12-04-2011 05:22:45
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Lead production at the Lead and Zinc Works in Kurdjali will begin to be phased out by the end of the week due to continuous failure to meet environmental standards, Tsveta Karayancheva MP of the ruling GERB party told a news conference on Monday.

 

 

This will happen for the first time in the 55-year history of the flagship of Bulgarian non-ferrous metallurgy. Environment and Water Minister Nona Karadjova has ordered the shutdown. "For a year and a half, the government has been doing everything to prevent this from happening.

 

 

The plant was granted the permits necessary to build new capacities, but that never happened, so the punishment is now a fact," Karayancheva said. An advisory council with the regional administration in Kurdjali, assisted by the Employment Agency and local companies, has mapped out practical measures to address the problem stemming from the upcoming layoff of 350 workers, auxiliary staff and administrators.

 

 

All of them will be registered at the Job Centre and will be offered retraining courses. The shutdown comes after the local pollution monitoring station registered 27 occasions this year when sulphur dioxide in the air exceeded the safety limit. The law allows only 24 such instances for a whole year. The plant's majority owner Valentin Zahariev asked for an additional 18 instances to allow him time to deal with the problem.


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