The Bor municipal administration filed a criminal complaint against the managers of the Chinese company Zijin which has been causing excessive sulfur dioxide pollution harmful to the health of the population.
The criminal charges were signed by the mayor of Bor, Aleksandar Milikić, and refer to the managers of the Bor copper smelter, which operates as part of the Chinese company, Zijin.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (SEPA) measuring stations have been recording excessive sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution in Bor for three days, and the pollution has repeated almost every day for nearly two years since Serbia sold the Bor Smelting Company to its strategic partner Zijin, while remaining co-owner of 37% of the capital.
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The level of sulphur dioxide in the air, allowed by law, is 350 microgrammes per cubic metre, while on Monday, average values reached 1,969 microgrammes several times during the day. The conclusion was that the air is “very polluted” and the Bor population was advised against leaving their homes. The air in the same place is “heavily polluted” by PM10 particles too.
On Monday around 1 pm, in the town centre and the area around the Technical Faculty of Bor, were polluted by a strong gas which caused passersby to tear up.
Automated metering stations in August measured excessive pollution in the main park in the town for 18 straight days and the largest peak was on August 4, when more than 3,800 microgrammes of sulphur dioxide per metre were present in the air – 11 times higher than allowed.
The environmental inspectors of the Ministry of Ecology disagree on the fact that these are “environmental crimes against the population”.
The representatives of Zijin said in June, in the presence of the Serbian Premier Ana Brnabic and the Minister of Mining and Energy. Aleksandar Antic, that they would prevent the release of harmful gases into the air starting from June, while the release of harmful substances in Bor continued even after June.
(Novi Magazin, 15.09.2020)
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