Croatia Yet to Develop a National Strategy for Radioactive Waste Disposal

Friday, May 8, 2015

Croatia's environment minister Mihael Zmajlovic said that the government will respond to Bosnia's inquiry on a planned disposal of radioactive waste at the site Trgovska gora, Minister Zmajlovic said that the development of a strategic environmental impact assessment for the national program for the implementation of the strategy for disposal of radioactive waste and used nuclear fuel didn't start, and neither did the development of the national program.
In a letter to Bosnian minister of foreign trade and economic relations, Mirko Sarovic, minister Zmajlovic wrote that once the strategic environmental impact assessment near the border with Bosnia, once the national strategy is passed is launched, the cross-border consultations will be conducted within the framework of existing international instruments. He added that Croatia will fully respect the provisions of the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment together with the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in Trans-border matters (Espoo Convention.

Minister Sarovic earlier said he was waiting for a reply from Croatia on the issue of planned disposal of radioactive waste at the site near Croatia's border with Bosnia. "We will use every tool to point out the risks for waterways in the region and protect the interests of population in that region," said Sarovic. He told the reporters at a press conference that the population in six Bosnian municipalities (Novi Grad, Bosanska Kostajnica, Bosanska Krupa, Cazin, Buzim and Velika Kladusa) fear direct consequences from the construction of a landfill for radioactive waste across the border.

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