The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization has taken action for the disposal of chemical wastes in the warehouses of Merkim Kimya in Kocaeli for 30 years. Approximately 2 tons of chemical waste will be eliminated by 2017.
Chemical raw materials were imported by Merkim Kimya in the early 1980s to be used in some pesticides.
When DDT is banned...
However, in 1985, the use of Hexachlorbenzene, Lindane and DDT in Turkey was banned by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock and it was required to be kept in a warehouse. Thus, approximately 2 thousand tons of BHC (benzenehexachloride) wastes remained 'inactive' in the warehouses. The area of the building where the waste is stored is approximately 2.500 square meters. The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization will dispose of the chemical substances in question within the scope of the 'Eliminating POPs Stocks and Reducing POPs Emissions Project' carried out with the support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The project was supported by 10.7 million dollars by GEF. After the feasibility report is approved, the cleaning of chemical wastes will be completed in 2017.
4 cubic meters of soil 'contaminated'
TÜBİTAK determined how many meters of soil was 'contaminated' by drilling in the area where the warehouse is located. It is estimated that the amount of debris and contaminated soil that may occur with the demolition of the warehouse is approximately 4 thousand cubic meters.
The chemicals, which have been stored in this area for about 30 years, can cause serious pollution in the receiving environments such as air, soil and water if adequate precautions are not taken. By impersonating the chemical carriers that are naturally found or produced in the human body, it has effects that disrupt the endocrine and immune systems, cause negative effects on the reproductive system by affecting hormones, slow mental development and cause cancer. In addition to the studies for the disposal of wastes, feasibility studies have been initiated to identify the buildings and land contaminated with this chemical and to dispose of them.
Source : radical