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”.