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06.12.2014

In a case of seeking information for an investigation of the journalist Zdravka Masliankova, from “Yantra TODAY”, a Veliko Tarnovo newspaper, the construction of a chlorine production plant in Gorna Oryahovitsa was suspended. The news of the construction of the factory led to an escalation of tension in the city, where an “Antichlorine” protest movement was immediately formed and produced a petition to the responsible authorities which received the support of over 3,000 people.

 

The investor company planned to create a production base for a huge amount of liquid chlorine – nearly 15,000 tons per year, which according to the Environmental Protection Act qualifies the enterprise as having high risk potential. The hazardous production had to be located less than a kilometer away from two schools, a hospital and residential neighborhoods in the city.

 

Documents received under the APIA showed that for years the company has been operating in its own warehouse for chemicals in Gorna Oryahovitsa thus occasioning numerous violations of the current legislation. It turned out that the base was operating illegally, without having been commissioned and despite the inspections by a number of institutions.

 

As a result of the investigation and the published information about the detected irregularities on the pages of "Yantra Today", as well as thanks to the active civil actions against the construction of the plant, at the end of 2014, the investor company withdrew its investment intent (plan).

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