Russia – Ufa Legacy Dioxin Dumps
Ufa is one of most heavily contaminated dioxin sites in Russia. In 1990 a phenol spill at the Khimprom herbicide plant leaked into Ufa’s drinking water supply. An investigation of the impact of this incident on human health revealed that levels of dioxin in the human body in Ufa were ten times background levels. The factory at the center of this contamination has long since been closed. Around 500,000 of petroleum by-products containing dioxin remain stored on the factory premises and Blacksmith has worked with local experts to find a practical long term solution.