Novi Han nuclear waste storage, Bulgaria


The Novi Han repository was commissioned in 1964 and is located in the Losen Mountains close to the Novi Han village, at about 30 km from Sofia. It is the only one existing repository in Bulgaria for final disposal of radioactive waste generated during the applications of radio-nuclides in clinical therapy and diagnosis, industry and research. Nuclear fuel cycle waste or waste from uranium mining and milling are not accepted.

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Basic Data
NameNovi Han nuclear waste storage, Bulgaria
SiteNovi Han
Accuracy of LocationMEDIUM regional level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Nuclear
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Nuclear waste storage
Landfills, toxic waste treatment, uncontrolled dump sites
Specific Commodities
Industrial waste
Domestic municipal waste
Project Details and Actors
Project Area (in hectares)4000
Type of PopulationUnknown
Start Date1964
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersZa Zemiata
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginUNKNOWN
Groups MobilizingNeighbours/citizens/communities
Forms of MobilizationLawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Street protest/marches
Appeals/recourse to economic valuation of the environment
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Desertification/Drought, Soil contamination, Oil spills
Health ImpactsVisible: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Infectious diseases
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Violations of human rights
Potential: Displacement
Project StatusUnknown
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseLand demarcation
Strengthening of participation
Under negotiation
Application of existing regulations
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Sources and Materials

Radioactive Waste Management in Central and Eastern European Countries
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Nuclear waste storage company
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Meta Information
ContributorTodor Slavov
Last update08/04/2014