This month’s TCE magazine features the story behind Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute’s work dealing with one of the most dangerous examples of legacy pollution – the toxic remains of Soviet arms production.
In a former Soviet town, a secret chemical factory sat abandoned for more than a decade with hundreds of drums of leaking toxic chemicals near tons of explosives. The plant was a toxic dump on top of a forgotten ‘bomb’ in the centre of a city housing 290,000 people. It had all the components and potential for a historic and horrifying industrial accident.
Read the rest of the story, a first hand account by Andrew McCartor, Pure Earth/Blacksmith’s program director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.