Feasibility Study

Feasibility Study on Remediation of surface and underground water at Bor’s mine- Identification of lack of capacities at the institutions (Laws) as well as local communities in order to empower them to be able to solve ecology problems at Bor’s mine.

Project was financed by  Ministry of ecology, mining and area planning of Republic of Serbia.

Primary task of the project was to estimate capacities of the local administrations to deal with ecology risks in their AOR, focusing on the water issue at the mine. Secondary task was to estimate capacities of the local administration and other factors to be included into activities of prevention of pollution and remediation.

Seminars: Two one-day seminars were held in Bor, on April 27th and May 30th, 2011.

Introductury lecturers: Prof. Andjelka Mihajlov, Prof. Grozdanka Bogdanović, Prof. Milan Trumić, MSc. Hristina  Stevanović Čarapina, Dr. Dijana Miljković,  Maja Trumić, Snežana Lazarević, Rada Jovanović, Dragan Ranđelović, Toplica Marjanović,

Participants of the seminar: 30 participants were attending: supervisors or representatives of the municipal services, utility companies, leaders of the villages exposed,  representatives of respective companies (TIR, RBB, Flotation) of the RTB Bor   Corporation, representatives of the Institute of Public Health Zajecar, EDUKONS University and Bor Technical Faculty professors, researchers from Mining and Metallurgy Institute, several NGO representatives and press.

Recomendations: Assessment of gaps in the legislative framework, focused on the goal of remediation in Bor.

Based on the screening and discussion it has been concluded that the largest shortcoming, with respect to the objective of remediation,  is with legal framework, particularly with Law on Mining. Most of the problems arising at Bor region are caused by the pollution from the mine.

Assessment of lack of capacity in the local community

  • Organizational capacity: Lack of organizations and companies that manage water resources.
  • Legal capacity: Lack and disharmony of municipal acts with the republic in the field of managing water resources
  • Staff capacities: Lack of young staff educated in this field.
  • Professional training capacity: Lack of practical experience and latest scientific knowledge.
  • Financial capacity: Lack of funds in the municipal budget, utility companies and local economy.