We appeal to the officials of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina for the issue of radioactive waste as soon as possible to find a solution that will not endanger human health and the environment, say from the Eko-BiH network made by 26 associations, whose representatives gathered yesterday in Sarajevo. They point out that the pollution and the threat posed by plans for the disposal of radioactive waste at the Trgovska Gora in Croatia, near Novi Grad and the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, is not only the problem of this municipality and the region but is much wider.
Entrance to the Čerkezovac barracks complex at Trgovska Gora, which is planned location for the disposal of radioactive waste, is located just 800 meters from the Una river and 1.000 meters from the water catchment for Novi Grad. Out of this water intake more than 15.000 citizens drink, and in the valley of Una live about 230.000 inhabitants. All of them would be directly endangered.
“The culmination of this problem is visible from documents that leaked in public, from the secret meeting of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy of the Republic of Croatia, where all the procedures agreed upon the handover of the Čerkezovac barracks. If it does, the pollution that threatens us will be far bigger than we can imagine. It does not know the state and entity borders”, said Mario Crnković of the Green Team from Novi Grad.
Viktor Bjelić from the Center for Environment emphasizes that the organizations assembled in the Eko-BiH network fully support the Green Team and that they will join them in the fight against this problem.
“The state of Bosnia and Herzegovina must take up the environment and health of its inhabitants, and do everything to ensure that no hazardous waste is disposed of close to its borders. This case is closely followed, and we welcome the efforts of the ministry to find a solution,” said Viktor Bjelić from the Center for the Environment.
The environmental organizations of Bosnia and Herzegovina gathered over the weekend to plan the next steps, one of which is support for local communities and organizations fighting harmful activities, such as this example.
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