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Extreme concentrations of smog and dust

Zenica - 01 December 2014

Sarajevo, Zenica and other Bosnian cities nowadays suffer the high episodes of air pollution. The recent inversion makes the situation in cities surrounded by mountains alarming. Moreover, the monitoring facilities fail in measuring and the city officials act in strange way and whole the situation is has a scent of absurdness.

 Last weekend the concentrations of S02 reached 1150 micrograms/min Zenica.

Coincidentally, the monitoring webpage was not working, so the city authorities could not declare the "alarm episode" since the precondition for this alarm is "three consecutive hours of concentration more than 500 micrograms/m3  of SO2 on all three monitoring stations". With five days delay, after the medial pressure of non-governmental organisations they finally declared it, advising citizens to avoid staying outside of their homes or to get away to the mountains near Zenica.

ArcelorMittal, the biggest polluter in the area, shuffled of the partial responsibility by declaring that "they had no accidents, they perform as usual, and they decreased their emissions significantly during past years".