First containers loaded with solid PCBs contaminated equipment leave Turkey for disposal

Source: UNEP/MAP

Turkey leads as the first Mediterranean country to dispose of its Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) contaminated equipment in collaboration with UNEP/MAP.

Athens – 27 April 2015: Turkey has started packing and shipping to France its transformers contaminated with PCBs, from electricity and industrial companies. The process of decontamination and disposal of the toxic substance in France is expected to last from 10 to 12 weeks, at the end of which, Turkey would have disposed of 634 tons of PCBs.

This activity comes within the framework of the MedPartnership project, led by UNEP/MAP and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and is being implemented in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, and Turkey by the MAP MED POL programme and Sustainable Consumption and Production Regional Activity Centre (SCP/RAC).

“PCB degradation is a very slow and difficult process. These chemicals can linger for centuries, polluting the environment and, therefore, affecting human health and nature for generations to come, said Gaetano Leone, UNEP/MAP Coordinator. We are proud for having been able to assist in the disposal of such significant amounts of pollutants, and we are confident that the impact of this important activity by the MAP system will be very beneficial for the state of the Mediterranean environment, especially once the activity is completed in all four countries”.

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2 thoughts on “First containers loaded with solid PCBs contaminated equipment leave Turkey for disposal

  1. Deborah Jeffries

    I live in the USA and my experience with PCB contamination has been a frustrating one. A school in Connecticut was closed due to “low level” contamination yet my apartment complex we were informed last year and is contaminated but is “safe”. The abatement will take years if it is so safe then why do I have dozens of illnesses am completely disabled my father died of multiple cancers and illnesses and my mother has multiple illness including cancer last year? I have been exposed for 44 years and never knew dozens of residents have died over the decades of cancers diabetes liver disease etc. I have no other place to go rents are too expensive am looking for a good lawyer who can hopefully help me before I die from this stuff as it off gasses and find caulk dust on my floors the caulk is not stable as they claim I have gotten it on my hands and feet from the dust as it degrades. Nobody cares if you die from living in a home full of poison!

    1. Hi Deborah, sorry to hear about this story. Hopefully you can find a solution to this, maybe joining other neighbours who are concerned with the same problem. I’m afraid we cannot help much, but hoping you can get away from PCBs

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