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Locals against lead zinc mine in Montenegro, Tara Resources under pressure

Citizen initiative Healthy Mojkovac called on the Government of Montenegro, the Ministry of Capital Investments and the Ministry of Ecology, Spatial Planning and Urbanism not to allow the company Tara Resources, which was awarded the contract for geological exploration and exploitation in Brskovo, to continue its work, as well as to withdraw the plan on mining activities in that locality. They require the Special State Prosecutor’s Office to review all illegalities and initiate the procedure to determine the nullity of the contract.

As they stated, despite the fact that the contract expired on July 25th, the Government still has not announced anything about it.

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Despite more than a hundred substantive, technical, legal, objective objections that were submitted to the Ministry of Ecology, Spatial Planning and Urbanism on the Draft DPP Brskovo and the Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment, despite the fact that the contracts with the companies that drafted the two documents mentioned have expired and that no new contracts were concluded, which would allow the continuity of this procedure, despite the letter by which the head of drafting the DPP Brskovo informed the state about numerous procedural and legal violations, despite the lack of opinion of the Directorate for Ecology and Climate Change, without a single justified reason, without the opinion of UNESCO , the Ministry of Ecology, Spatial Planning and Urbanism is silent and does not make a decision on suspending the mentioned two documents from the adoption procedure – it is stated in the announcement.

As they state in the announcement, given that Brskovo is recognized as a mercury deposit, in accordance with the Law on Free Access to Information, they addressed the Ministry of Ecology, Spatial Planning and Urbanism with questions about whether the use of mercury and mercury compounds and mixtures of mercury is allowed in plants, that is, production processes, whether the application of production processes in which mercury or mercury compounds are used, as well as the production and placing on the market of new products containing mercury, and whether the export of semi-products or products containing mercury is allowed.

The answers that were delivered to us clearly point to the prohibition of the use of mercury, mercury compounds and mixtures of mercury, as well as the export of semi-finished products and products containing mercury. What is waiting for the Ministry of Ecology, Spatial Planning and Urbanism, what should happen if they act according to the laws of Montenegro and withdraw these two documents? – asked from Healthy Mojkovac.

We demand personal and professional responsibility, each one individually, because the national interest and the interest of citizens, health and environmental protection must come before and above any kind of personal and interest of the concessionaire – concludes the announcement of Healthy Mojkovac.  

 

Source: Montenegro Business

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