Slovenia PM orders new environmental report on Lafarge

Slovenia PM orders new environmental report on Lafarge
Published: 11 November 2010

Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor ordered Environment Minister Roko Zarnic to prepare a new environmental report for Lafarge Cement plant in Trbovlje and its waste incineration facility as he
met local representatives prior to a protest rally in Ljubljana on Wednesday.

Despite the promise given to representatives of the Zagorje municipality, the Eko krog environmental group and a Trbovlje-based civil initiative, some 2,000 protesters gathered in front of the government building.

They also visited the French Embassy in Ljubljana, as they claim the Trbovlje-based subsidiary of the French cement maker is making large amounts of money through burning dangerous waste, but not showing the real impact on the region to its French owners.

Zarnic explained after the meeting that the new report on whether the plant in Trbovlje still meets the environmental criteria for its operating permit would be prepared by the end of the month and then sent to the prime minister, who promised the report.

He told the protesters, who demand that the Trbovlje plant stop burning waste in ten days, that the emissions coming from Lafarge Cement are not the worst in Slovenia, as it created 12,000t of emissions in 2009, while the Trbovlje thermo-power plant made 51,000t and IGM Zagorje
made 62,000t.