Verkhnedvinsk and Novopolock: Two hotspots in Belarus

Foundation for the Realization of Ideas (FRI)

FRI produced two separate reports on POPs hotspots in Belarus: a large petrochemical complex in Novopolock and a dumpsite for obsolete pesticides in Verkhnedvinsk. Topics include physical descriptions of the sites; environmental, social and health consequences; responsible party; plans for cleanup; and NGO recommendations. The report on Novopolock documents extensive chlorinated chemical production and wastes. The report on Verkhnedvinsk describes conditions at this obsolete pesticide dump as catastrophic. Since it is situated near the Daugava River, pollutants can flow into the Baltic Sea. Both sites represent POPs hotspots that need to be considered in the NIP.

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