Citizens of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, are protesting for the third week against ArcelorMittal's failure to fit pollution filters at the city's steel plants. The air quality is very bad, and concentrations of PM 10 and SO2 have repeatedly exceeded 'alert' levels. In addition to these harmful pollutants Zenica citizens are most concerned about carcinogenic pollutant benzene and volatile organic compounds in the air, which have not been measured for more than a year. The last measurements of benzene showed very high hourly values.
The local authorities and environment protection agencies have not officially commented on the current air quality situation and do little to prevent it and protect the health of citizens of Zenica. The local authorities have not responded to the protestors, and the protestors remain committed to their goal of ensuring a livable environment in Zenica.