Experts of Arnika (CZ) and EcoMuseum (KZ) are taking samples of PCBs-contaminated soil at abondoned electric substation near Ekibastuz. Dangerous liquid leaked from outdoor capacitors and contaminated soil at large area. Photo: Ondrej Petrlik / Arnika
The substation was equiped by 15 thousand capacitors containing higly dangerous PCBs that belong to persistent organic pollutants - the most dangerous chemicals in the world. Photo: Ondrej Petrlik / Arnika
Ekibastuz belongs to the places most heavily contaminated by PCBs in whole Kazakhstan, and represents serious threat to the public health. Close from here, canal flows suppling 500 thousand city of Karaganda by drinking water. Photo: Ondrej Petrlik / Arnika
Several researches were conducted on the territory of former substation, showing very different results. However, no effective steps to clean-up the area were carried out so far. Photo: Ondrej Petrlik / Arnika
The facility is not fenced and cattle graze even directly on contaminated land. Photo: Ondrej Petrlik / Arnika
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, people started to dismantle the building and capacitors themselves, searching for construction materials, metals and copper to sell on the market. Photo: Ondrej Petrlik / Arnika
Thousands of people keep domestic animals and grow fruits and vegetables in some of several cottage settlements located just few hundred meters from contaminated area. Photo: Ondrej Petrlik / Arnika

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