Thirty years after the Chernobil catastrophe – Trgovska gora a nuclear nightmare
The Chernobyl accident which happened on the 26th of April 1986 has changed the world forever. It has changed the way we look at energy. Dreams of infinite energy without high stacks and toxic fumes have scattered in Ukraine on that fateful day and the harsh and deadly reality, together with radioactive pollution, came to light. The Chernobyl disaster have put the nuclear energy problems in the spotlight like never before, showing clearly just how big the danger is. The whole process, from uranium extraction to storage of radioactive waste is dangerous and harmful.
Unfortunately, new problems are not far from us, which the Novi Grad and the surrounding Una river municipalities citizens are well aware of. For some time now, they have, together with municipal,entity and state institutions, as well as civil society organisations, been fighting against a planned radioactive waste dump in the Trgovska gora site, which is located on the border of BiH and Croatia.
Center for Environment’s activist action from 2011.
Representatives of CfE, together with several experts and interested persons are following the activities on this project and have took part in the public consultations which took place in march 2016. The consultations were on the Strategic study for the draft proposal for the National program on implementation of strategy on radioactive waste management, where they joined the others opposing the radioactive waste dump, basing their arguments on legal, technical and humanistic reasons.
Viktor Bjelić, vicepresident, Center for Environment: „We are not surprised be the resistance of the BIH citizens. The area which is endangered by this dump is mostly in the BiH territory. Despite that cross boundary influence was not analysed at all. However it is encouraging to see BiH governments from all levels taking interest in this, which means that the whole story is nowhere near complete”.
After initiatives from BiH, a working group has been formed, headed by the Minister of spatial planning ,civil engineering and ecology of RS, Srebrenka Golić, who plan to use all tools possible, including the ESPOO convention on transboundary pollution. This working group has submitted a request towards the Croatian government, asking for three public discussions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, so that the citizens could gain as much as possible information on the issue.
Igor Kalaba, Energy and Climate Change Program Coordinator: „ Nuclear energy is dating from the date when the fate in technological solutions and infinite energy potentials was at its peak. However, after the initial enthusiasm, awareness on the complications and harm connected to this energy sources ensued, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Chernobyl, Fukushima, depleted uranium ammunition used for shelling in our area as well… these are all clear and dire calls to wake up. Future of our energy must be based on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources which have the least possible impact for the environment and humans. Nuclear energy is the sheer opposite of this, a deadly heritage that we will leave to our descendants.
Center for Environment’s position is that nuclear energy use can not be separated from its dangers, which was unfortunately proven by several events. On this day especially we should be aware of the consequences of nuclear energy which will last for centuries and will be handed down to our descendants.