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Bosnia and Herzegovina concerned about a possible nuclear waste disposal site

Bosnia and Herzegovina expressed its concern over Croatia’s intention to build a nuclear waste disposal site close to the BiH border, to hold waste from the Krško nuclear power plant located in Slovenia.

“I am particularly concerned about this information that comes at the same time when we are facing a pandemic, when we are struggling to protect everyone’s health and mitigate the negative effects on our economy as much as possible,” underlined the BiH Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Staša Košarac.

Croatia’s Ambassador to BiH Ivan Sabolić reassured Minister Košarac that an environmental impact study is underway. He emphasised that Croatia is committed to respecting the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (known also as the Espoo Convention).

Mr Košarac reiterated that the construction of a nuclear waste storage would be completely unacceptable, as it would endanger the health of 250,000 inhabitants in 13 municipalities within the Una river basin and it will have a negative impact on the environment.

Early in September, the government of the Republika Srpska entity in BiH proclaimed the territory along the Una river as a protected area, as to discourage Croatia to build the nuclear waste depot.

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