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Horlivka Chemical Plant remediation

Sector: Waste management/disposal

EU Contribution: € 200,000.00 (50% of total).

Implementing organisation: United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Duration: from 12/2011 to 08/2014

Description: The Horlivka Chemical Plant located in the City of Horlivka in the Donetsk region is an abandoned industrial site that is highly polluted and poses a significant and immediate threat to the health of the local population. A former munitions production facility, the site contains thousands of tons of improperly stored toxic chemicals that are leaking into soil and groundwater, primarily thousands of tons of mononitrochlorobenzene (MNCB). MNCB is a very dangerous blood toxin easily absorbed by the human body through ingestion, dust inhalation or skin contact. Half a teaspoon is a fatal dose. In addition, 30 tons of trinitrotoluene (TNT) are stored in flooded underground tanks. Site buildings house other highly toxic substances, mainly acids, used in TNT and MNCB production. The aim of the project, implemented in cooperation with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Blacksmith Institute is to remove the TNT (20 tons) and neutralize it through composting. The Governemnt of Ukraine will take care of MNCB removal.

Location : Horlivka, Donetsk region



Mr Jerome STUCKI
Water Management Unit Environmental Management Branch, UNIDO
Tel: 0043 1 26026 3559
Fax: 0043 1 26026 6855