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Cinkarna Celje, Slovenia


The company Cinkarna Celje processes Zinc which results in excessive emissions of harmful substances (heavy metals - Zn and Cd), which is now contained mainly in the soil and dust. A lot of that harmful substances was emitted in the past, that is why the local environment needs a revitalisation project. Local civil iniciative tries to draw attention to the problem and to speed up the process of adopting necessary solutions.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Cinkarna Celje, Slovenia
(municipality or city/town)Celje
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict: 1st level:Industrial and Utilities conflicts
Type of conflict: 2nd level :Mineral processing
Specific commodities:
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

In Celje basin there is approx. 7000 ha of soil excessively contaminated because of the operation of this company.

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Type of populationUnknown
Start of the conflict:2007
Company names or state enterprises:Cinkarna Celje d.o.o. from Slovenia
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Civilne iniciative Celja - Celje Civil Initiatives
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stageUnknown
Groups mobilizing:Local ejos
Forms of mobilization:Community-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Soil contamination, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Potential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Infectious diseases
Project StatusUnknown
Conflict outcome / response:Compensation
Environmental improvements, rehabilitation/restoration of area
Institutional changes
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Sources and Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

Documentation from Civilne Iniciative Celja (in Slovenian)
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References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

Civilne Iniciative Celja webpage (in Slovenian)
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

Civilne Iniciative Celja webpage (in Slovenian)
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

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Cinkarna companys website video
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Contributor:Tomislav Tkalec
Last update08/04/2014