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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
Name of conflict:Novi Han nuclear waste storage, Bulgaria
Location of conflict:Novi Han
Accuracy of locationMEDIUM (Regional level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Nuclear
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Landfills, toxic waste treatment, uncontrolled dump sites
Nuclear waste storage
Specific commodities:Uranium
Industrial waste
Domestic municipal waste
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Project area:4000
Type of populationUnknown
Start of the conflict:1964
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Za Zemiata
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stageUnknown
Groups mobilizing:Neighbours/citizens/communities
Forms of mobilization:Lawsuits, 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-economical ImpactsVisible: Violations of human rights
Potential: Displacement
Project StatusUnknown
Conflict outcome / response:Land demarcation
Strengthening of participation
Under negotiation
Application of existing regulations
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Sources & Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

Radioactive Waste Management in Central and Eastern European Countries
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

Nuclear waste storage company
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Contributor:Todor Slavov
Last update08/04/2014
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