Shut Down Polluting, Toxic Steel Plant

Target: Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the UN Environment Program (UNEP)

Goal: Protect communities and the environment from harmful, illegal pollution.

A global steel company is failing to meet environmental regulations in Bosnia. Currently, ArcelorMittal Steel is operating in the country without proper permits and without implementing improvements to reduce emissions. When the company bought the plant in 2004, they promised to make “all appropriate investment in the protection of the environment.” The promised investment has not occurred, and subsequently Zenica, the city where the plant is located, has some of the worst air quality in the world.

Large companies can not be allowed to break the law just because of their size and power. Operating without permits and violating environmental regulations is highly illegal, and those responsible for doing it must be held accountable. The pollution has gotten to the point where some days, in Zeneca, the trees and plants as well as other objects are covered in a thick, ash-like substance. It even has become difficult to breathe with all the particles in the air.

The people being affected by this pollution do not deserve to have their health put in jeopardy for the profits of a multinational corporation. Their health, as well as their daily lives, is becoming a constant battle. This plant must be shut down, and the company running it severely punished for breaking environmental regulations and operating without proper permits.

Sign this petition to shut down the plant violating environmental regulations, and punish the company who controls it.


Dear Mr. Solheim,

A steel plant in Bosnia has been operating without proper permits, or without meeting environmental regulations, for over a decade. The amount of pollution this plant produces makes this area of Bosnia one of the dirtiest in the world. It has gotten to the point where breathing can be difficult outside and there is a thick, ash-like substance covering vegetation and other objects.

It seems unimaginable that a company would be allowed to function without the proper permits, while also breaking environmental regulations. The profit of this company was put before the interests of the citizens of this area, and it has led to massive pollution levels and devastating environmental effects. It this is allowed to continue, it will only increase the threats facing the people in this area.

Use your power to shut down this plant, and punish the company who controls it.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. It should be shut down immediately. They should also be heavily fined for the damage they have done.

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