Bosnia and Herzegovina's Foreign Minister Bisera Turkovic said on Wednesday that there was no need for her country to hire more experts to deal with the topic of a nuclear waste storage site at Trgovska Gora, Croatia, since Zagreb had not yet made any formal decision to this effect.
Bosnia's authorities object to the construction of the future storage site at Trgovska Gora, claiming that it would endanger the environment in municipalities in the Una River basin.
The topic appears to be a bone of contention between Turkovic and Foreign Trade Minister Stasa Kosarac after the topic of establishing a task force for this issue was removed from the agenda of Bosnia's Council of Ministers at Turkovic's request.
Kosarac accused Turkovic of showing no understanding for efforts to preserve the health of local inhabitants and the environment.
Turkovic countered that Kosarac and like-minded people only wanted to ensure reimbursements for 22 members of the task force that would consist of jurists and other experts, underscoring that there was no need for a new team since there was already a working group which the Bosnian government had established for this topic.
A year ago, Croatia's Environment and Energy Minister Tomislav Coric said that it had not been decided yet whether a nuclear waste storage facility would be built on Mount Trgovska Gora near the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, and if such a decision was made, the neighbouring country would be able to raise its concerns.
Coric made the statement in late July 2019 when asked by the press whether a decision had been made to store medium and low-level radioactive waste from the Krsko nuclear power plant at Trgovska Gora and whether in that case, Croatia should consult with the Bosnian authorities.
The Krsko plant is located in Slovenia and is co-owned by Slovenia and Croatia.