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A nuclear landfill in Trgovska gora would put at risk all the Una river basin

Category: Country & City Focus
Created on Saturday, 29 August 2020 23:14

The Republics of Slovenia and Croatia are the owners of the Krško nuclear power plant (50:50), which will operate until 2043. The power plant is located on the border between Slovenia and Croatia on Vrbina site. All radioactive waste generated by the operation of the nuclear power plant, as well as the one that will be produced during its decommissioning, is in 50:50 ownership of the two states and they need to find a common solution for its disposal. Slovenia proposed to dispose the waste at the place of its origin (territorially it would be in Slovenia), while Croatia continually changed its demands, and by that avoiding common solution. For a long time, Croatia was claiming that joint disposal with Slovenia was too expensive, and when Slovenia started to make inexpensive and acceptable offers Croatian officials changed the story. Then Croatia demanded to store radioactive waste, spent nuclear fuel and other waste material in one place.

The main catch is that waste material include not only those from the Krško nuclear power plant, but from all over Croatia. Slovenia does not accept all waste material from Croatia, so Croatia is pushing for the construction of its own landfill. 

The story that Croatia needs to build its landfill in Trgovska Gora starts in 1999 when it emerged in public. From then protests and petitions (13000+ signatures) are being organized. Because Trgovska Gora located at the border of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) it triggered the revolt of the population on both sides of the border.

Defending the Rivers of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Category: Videos
Created on Wednesday, 24 June 2020 18:49

A message to the Energy Community and EU Commission by NGO Eko akcija :

  • Add Water Framework, Birds and Habitats Directives to Energy Community Treaty to reduce the impact of hydropower projects
  • Exclude small hydropower plants from the category of renewable energy sources
  • Exclude small hydropower plants from the subsidy scheme and State aid
  • Revise renewable energy targets and develop funding programmes to help green energy transition suited to the needs and capabilities of BiH society and its environment

And a short but very informative video accompanying the above message.

Dams and hydropower in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Category: Reports & Publications
Created on Wednesday, 08 August 2018 19:49

In the dominant discourse and public opinion, hydropower must be developed for the energy transition and only a few very large dams and hydropower plants in Amsud, Africa and China have very negative environmental impacts. The European Water Movement questions these assertions through examples from France, Spain and the Balkan region.

The Balkans are the region in Europe where there are currently the most projects of dams and hydropower plants.

Energy policy and dams in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Category: Videos
Created on Thursday, 31 December 2015 12:40

hydropower dams in balkan

Miodrag Dakic's video sent for the roundtable "Dams, Energy and climate change" which was organized by the European Water Movement during the Climate forum in Montreuil.

Victory against big hydro in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Category: Country & City Focus
Created on Friday, 09 October 2015 18:41

Vrbas canyon (c) ETNAR

After a ten-year wait, citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina are celebrating after plans for two large hydro power plants in the north of the country were quietly cancelled – allowing the Vrbas River and its nature to flow untrammeled.

There has been mass public opposition and protests against the project since the government of the Republika Srpska (RS) administrative entity signed concession agreements with the company HES Vrbas for the plants in 2004.

Friends of the Earth Bosnia & Herzegovina /Center for Environment first heard about plans for two large hydro dams a short distance upstream of the regional capital city of Banja Luka in October 2004, after they appeared on the agenda of the RS government.

Yet the plans were out of date, dating from the 1990s, with no impact assessment on the local environment, resources, or tourism industry – despite being situated in a planned protected area.

A Coalition for Vrbas River Protection quickly sprang up comprising around 30 local NGOs, and they rallied more than 5,500 people to sign a petition against the hydro plans, but their words fell on deaf ears.

Read more on the website of Friends of Earth Europe

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