The Environmental impact assessment (EIA) draft for a thermal treatment plant of dangerous waste was presented in Zvornik yesterday. The assessment has caused great concern for the Centre for Environment because of the danger and pollution a facility of this kind could cause.
Construction of the plant is planned in the Karakaj area, in close vicinity to a petrol station, an autogas station, a childrens nursery and a school. Also, the settlement has around five hundred houses near this location. 4 tonnes of waste is planned to be incinerated daily.
“The Environmental impact assessment is a document which is susceptible to additions and changes. Public insight will be allowed during the next 30 days, so we invite citizens to read the assessment and contribute with their comments. On the other hand, even if the EIA would accept all proposals, the way the procedure is held of planning this facility is concerning. Our country doesn’t have an institution which could even measure the emissions of dioxins and furans, the most dangerous substances that this plant is supposed to emit.
That is just one of the countless disputable items from this assessment, but also from the whole project”, says Nataša Crnković, president of the Centre for Environment.
She added that we must solve the issue of dangerous waste, but have to be careful in choosing the solution.
„In general, we are against incinerators because they are not part of the “circular economy”. On the contrary, these types of facilities are very dangerous and are major environmental polluters. That is why it’s important that the community is included, as the quality of their life and health is directly affected”, emphasised Crnković. The presentation of the EIA draft, which was developed by the company „Viz zaštita” d.o.o (Viz protection LTD) from Banja Luka, was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Spatial Planning, Construction and Ecology from Republic of Srpska, who organised the public debate, representatives of the Zvornik municipality, the company which would provide equipment for the plant, interested citizens, and besides the Centre for Environment, representatives of several NGOs from the Zvornik municipality. Representatives of the project carrier company, „MEDIC – OTP” d.o.o. didn’t participate in the public debate.
The Fisherman association “Bistro” from Zvornik, after hearing the presentation, concluded that the project is incomplete, and are especially concerned by the aspect of supervising the plant, as well as the location itself. „When it comes to wastewater, the quantities were not implied, as well as what exact damage would be brought upon the ecosystem. Over 300,000 citizens draw water from the river Drina. It is unacceptable for even one particle from the plant to end up in that water”, said the president of the Fisherman association ,,Bistro”, Marko Mimić. According to the information that was presented yesterday in Zvornik, it’s not even stated what type of waste will be processed in the plant. It’s clear that it will mostly be medical, but what other kinds of waste will be incinerated at this location?