Zijin Company Minimally Penalized for Commencing Operations at the Smelter Without Necessary Environmental Approvals and Permits (VIDEO)
Following a report from the Regulatory Institute for Renewable Energy and the Environment (RERI), the company “Zijin Bor Copper” has been fined a total of 450,000 dinars. This is because they commenced construction and expansion works on the copper smelter in Bor without approval for an environmental impact assessment study and for carrying out activities without an integrated permit. Environmental activists question the effectiveness of such low fines, as it is evident that these penalties do not deter companies from repeating the offense; on the contrary, they motivate them to continue with unlawful and harmful practices.
This media content was produced within the project “Environmental response to mining expansion in Timočka Krajina” funded by the European Union, and implemented by the Association “Za Drinking Fountains”, the Association of Young Researchers Bor, Civic Library “Europe” Bor and Children’s Center Zaječar. The media content is entirely responsibility of these associations and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.