The decision of the Croatian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy to nevertheless dispose of nuclear waste at the site of the former Čerkezovac military warehouse at Trgovska gora in Dvor Municipality is devastating and for every condemnation, and therefore we demand an urgent reaction from the competent institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is stated by ecologists gathered in Eko BiH network.
This site has been given for use to the Fund for Financing Decommissioning and Disposal of Radioactive Waste from the Krsko Nuclear Power Plant, despite the long-standing appeal of B&H citizens and Croatian residents to find another place to dispose of this very hazardous waste, since it could endanger more than 250,000 people living along the Una River Basin.
“In the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic, which has paralyzed each of us in our own way, when we fear for the health of our loved ones, in time of closed borders and forbidden gatherings, the authorities from the Republic of Croatia are abusing the current situation in a very ugly way, now where an increased level of solidarity, co-operation and understanding is expected,” it is stated by the NGO Green Team from Novi Grad.
NGO “Green team”, as a particularly active actor in the fight against radioactive waste disposal of the NPP “Krsko” in Trgovska gora, on September 27th, 2019, successfully organized a peaceful protests in Novi Grad, which brought together more than 2000 citizens with the aim of drawing the attention of the competent domestic and foreign institutions to the seriousness of this problem. The protest was supported by residents from 19 local communities from B&H and Croatia (Velika Kladuša, Bihać, Bosanski Petrovac, Bosanska Krupa, Bužim, Cazin, Sanski Most, Krupa on Una, Prijedor, Kostajnica, Kozarska Dubica, Tuzla, Zenica, Lukavac and Dvor, Majur, Petrinja, Sisak).
“No to nuclear waste along the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina!” was also clearly stated by the “Climate Save Bosnia” organization with the support of the Aarhus Center in BiH and other 17 environmental NGOs that are part of the Eko BiH Network, in front of the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Sarajevo, on July 29th last year. Then a letter of protest was delivered to the Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia, which was also delivered to the competent institutions in B&H.
Emina Veljović, executive director of the Aarhus Center in BiH, points out that it is completely incomprehensible that this site has been considered an adequate solution for years, despite facts and evidence to the contrary.
“In our statements in the letter of protest, we made it clear that the selected location was not only a complete mishit in regards to the future impacts on citizens’ health and the environment, but also a serious safety issue, as it is an extremely shaky area, which could be confirmed during the recent, rather powerful earthquake that hit Croatia. It has also been requested that all legal obligations, in particular those arising from the Aarhus Convention and the ESPOO Convention on Transboundary Environmental Impacts are respected, which, as we have repeatedly emphasized, are not respected. For this reason, this decision of the Croatian Ministry of the Environmental Protection and Energy, which in its name has the words “environmental protection”, is truly devastating “.
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