Environment Minister Ján Chrbet should meet representatives of the town of Pezinok and the civil initiative Waste Heaps Do not Belong in Towns in the coming days and examine documents and arguments against the construction of a waste dump in the town, reported Zuzana Čaputová, the legal representative of the initiative after a meeting with Prime Minister Robert Fico on Wednesday, October 1.
Pezinok citizens say they believe the minister will make a just decision based on the arguments they have provided and order an examination of the Slovak Environment Inspection issuance of a permit to construct the disputed waste dump in the town, the SITA newswire wrote. The prime minister said he would urge the minister to make a decision about the dump by October 9. At the meeting Fico said he refused to drag politics into the case, Čaputova reported, adding that this was not what citizens of Pezinok were trying to do.
Pezinok Mayor Oliver Solga is certain that Fico is interested in resolving the dispute over the waste dump. On October 1, a delegation of Pezinok citizens delivered a petition to the prime minister against it, signed by 8,665 inhabitants. President Ivan Gašparovič also voiced his objection to the dump’s construction. The town administration and representatives of the civil initiative should meet with Marián Kočner, a representative of Westminster Brothers, the construction company building the dump, on October 2. At the meeting, they expect to find out what steps the company plans to take regarding construction of the dump. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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1. Oct 2008 at 19:00