Tuesday, 23 July 2013

26th Sitting of the Environmental Protection Committee

At the sitting held on 23 July, the members of the Environmental Protection Committee discussed the implemented activities recommended by the Committee’s Conclusion of 28 June 2013 regarding the ash spread at the Nikola Tesla Thermal Power Plant ash dump site in Obrenovac.


Leposava Sojic, Assistant Minister of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection, presented the Information on the implemented activities recommended by the Committee’s Conclusion of 28 June 2013 regarding the ash spread at the Nikola Tesla Thermal Power Plant ash dump site in Obrenovac. She reported the findings of the inspections of the dump site conducted in the previous period, stressing that a Directive has been passed instructing the operator to restore the functionality of the wet systems and add new water cannons to the existing wet systems. Sojic also added that the chosen technical recultivation is the optimum procedure i.e. covering the dump site by a layer of soil which would prevent the airborne spread of ash.
Director of the Environmental Protection Agency Filip Radovic said that, as regards air quality, the area of Obrenovac deserves due attention because of the fact that big TENT A and TENT B operators are located very close to the town. Radovic added that these operators are the biggest emitters of nitric oxides and sulphur dioxide in Serbia, and among the biggest emitters of powder substances.
The representatives of Nikola Tesla Thermal Power Plant spoke of the anti-pollution measures they are implementing, adding that the dump site is currently being covered by soil.
The City Secretary for Environmental Protection asked how many cubic meters of soil would be transported onto the dump site, how long the process would take and what the effects would be.
In the ensuing debate, the representatives of local self-governments, non-governmental sector, representatives of Kolubara Mining Basin, Bor Copper Mine, HIP Azotara, HIP Petrohemija, representatives of the City Public Health Institute, Dr Milan Jovanovic Batut Public Health Institute and members of the Green parliamentary group discussed the environmental problems in Bor, Kostolac and Pancevo.
In the course of the discussion, the Committee members were mostly interested in the protocol cooperation between the thermal power plant authorities as regards accident recovery.
At the end of the sitting, Committee Chairperson Milica Vojic Markovic read the conclusions proposal that the Committee members would vote on at the next sitting.

The sitting was chaired by Milica Vojic Markovic, Committee Chairperson.


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