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Marilao Industrial Waste Contamination

Heavy Metal Pollution, Marilao

Project Completion Report (PDF)

Heavy metal pollution of the Marilao-Meycauayan-Obando River system (MMORS), located in the province of Bulacan, Philippines, has caused environmental degradation and numerous public health problems.  The contamination of this waterway comes from both formal and informal ... READ MORE

Nigeria Lead Poisoning

Emergency Cleanup: Nigerian Crisis

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In March 2010, excess childhood death and illness occurring primar... READ MORE

Muthia Village Hazardous Waste Dumps

Muthia Hazardous Waste Treatment

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Muthia village lies on the eastern periphery of Ahmedabad City and borders a major industrial estate operated by the Naroda Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation(GIDC). Approximately 60,000 tons of sludge from effluent treatment plants and other untreated waste ha... READ MORE

Krasnoufimsk Radioactive Waste Removal

Krasnoufimsk Radioactive Waste

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Krasnoufimsk is located in Sverdlovsk Oblast (Yekaterinburg) in the Central Urals. 82,000 tons of radioactive monazite concentrate have been stored here since the sixties. Exposure to monazite is linked to increased risk of cancer and is most dangerous whe... READ MORE

Haina

Lead Contamination, Haina

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Haina, also known as Bajos de Haina, has been referred to as the 'Dominican Chernobyl'. A community near an abandoned lead-acid battery recycling smelter, nearly its entire population shows signs of lead poisoning. In 2000, the Dominic... READ MORE

Baiyizhai Village Legacy Arsenic Mines

Wenshan Arsenic Mining Remediation

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This project was initiated in late 2006 in dialogue between Blacksmith Institute and the Yunnan Environmental Protection Bureau. The key problem identified was the contamination of local water supplies, high in the headwaters of major river systems, by small abandoned metal mines and processing facil... READ MORE

Gold Mining and Mercury Emissions in Manica, Mozambique

Mercury Exposure in Mozambique

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Manica is a district of Mozambique in the Manica Province with a population of 155,731 people.  Manica District borders with the Republic of Zimbabwe in the west, the District of Gondola in the east, the District of Barué to th... READ MORE

Technical Guidelines for Air Quality Monitoring

Cambodian Air Quality Plan

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Cambodia is undergoing rapid development and subsequent population and industrial growth. Air quality is deteriorating as a result of industrial and handicraft processes as well as fossil fuel combustion.  As of 2004, air quality mo... READ MORE

AfricaClean

Senegal Lead Gasoline Phase-Out

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In 1998, an international framework was established to improve air quality in Sub-Saharan Africa.  The first regional conference was organized by the World Bank on June 26th, 2001 in Dakar, Senegal, to discuss th... READ MORE

Kabwe Lead Mines

Kabwe's Legacy of Lead

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Kabwe, the second largest city in Zambia with a population of 300,000, is located about 130km north of the nation's capital, Lusaka. It is one of six towns situated around the "Copperbelt", once Zambia's thriving industrial base. In 1902, rich deposits of potentially dangerous lead ... READ MORE

Romanovka Village Old Uranium Mining Sites Remediation

Romanovka's Uranium Mine

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The village of Romanovka is located 50km from the Talakan uranium mine. Uranium concentrates are transported across the River Vitim by ferries and cargo boats.  Some of the mine's abandoned ditches, known to be radioactive, were for many years ex... READ MORE

Kanpur Groundwater Pollution

Chromium Pollution in Kanpur, India

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Kanpur is the ninth-largest city in India, and one of its most severely polluted. Its eastern districts feature about 350 industrial leather tanneries, many of which discharge untreated waste into local groundwater sources and t... READ MORE

Remediation of Chemical Weapons Dismantling Platform

The Long Shadow of Chemical Weapons

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Beginning in 1997, scientists were able to document the alarming fact that throughout the 1950s and ‘60s chemical weapons were dismantled, without proper environmental oversight, 10km northwest of the town of Leonidovka, in the Russian sta... READ MORE

Bryansk - Chernobyl Radiation Remediation

Fallout in the Food

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One of the most infamous symbols of life-threatening pollution is the Chernobyl reactor, which suffered a meltdown in April 1986.  To this day, the settlements closest to the reactor site remain depopulated ghost towns; however, the explosion... READ MORE

Cleaning the Bolshoi riverbank of nuclear waste

Nuclear waste in Russia's rivers

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During its 30 years of operation, the mining and chemical Combine at Zheleznogorsk discharged its cooling water contaminated with radioactive wastes directly into the Yenisei River. Eventually, 300 kilometres along the river were officially declared an environmental disaster z... READ MORE

Mailuu-Suu Legacy Uranium Dumps

Uranium dumps in Central Asia

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There are twenty three tailing dumps and thirteen waste rock dumps scattered throughout Mailuu-Suu, home to a former Soviet-era uranium plant. From 1946-1968 the plant produced and processed more than 10,000 metric tons of uranium ore--products eventually used to create the Soviet Union's ... READ MORE

Bicchadi

Groundwater Pollution in Bicchadi

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Bicchadi is a small town located roughly fifteen kilometers eas... READ MORE

Gavrilovka Groundwater Pollution

Gavrilovka Groundwater Pollution

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A once-secret manufacturing center of the Soviet Union's defense industry, Dzerzhinsk (population 300,000) has hosted many chemical factories, including production facilities for Sarin and VX nerve gas. Lead additives for gasoline, mustard gas, munitions, ... READ MORE

Wenshan Arsenic Mining Remediation

Water Contamination - Yunnan, China

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This project was initiated in late 2006 in dialogue between Blacksmith Institute and the Yunnan Environmental Protection Bureau. The key problem identified was the contamination of local water supplies, high in the headwaters of major river systems, by small abandone... READ MORE

Romanovka's Uranium Mine

Villagers exposed to radioactivity

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The village of Romanovka is located 50km from the Talakan uranium mine. Uranium concentrates are transported across the River Vitim by ferries and cargo boats.  Some of the mine's abandoned ditches, known to be radioactive, were for many years ex... READ MORE

Cambodia Artisanal Gold Mines

Mercury exposure affecting workers

Project Completion Report (PDF)

Cambodia is amongst the poorer countries in the world, ranking 130 or 177 countries in the 2003 Human Development Index, as reported by the UN.  The GNI per capita in 2004 was $320, while life expectancy was 57 years.  Mortality due to... READ MORE

Groundwater Pollution in Pyra

Contamination of drinking water

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A once-secret manufacturing center of the Soviet Union's defense industry located 450 kilometers southeast of Moscow, Dzerzhinsk (population 300,000) has hosted many chemical factories, including production facilities for Sarin and VX nerve gas. Le... READ MORE

Kafue River Basin

Heavy Pollution in the Kafue River

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The Kafue River Basin in the Chingola District, Zambia has experienced heavy polluting over the past several decades. Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) is the primary source of this pollution, disposing of industrial waste products and various bio-chemical substances directly ... READ MORE

Chemical Weapon Dismantling

Chemical Waste near Leonidovka

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Beginning in 1997, scientists were able to document the alarming fact that throughout the 1950s and ‘60s chemical weapons were dismantled, without proper environmental oversight, 10km northwest of the town of Leonidovka, in the Russian state of Penza Oblast.&nb... READ MORE

Muslyumova Radioactive Sludge

Radioactive waste dumping in Russia

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In 1949, the Soviet Union funded the Mayak plant intended for the manufacturing of weapon’s grade plutonium in Chelyabinsk, in the Southern Urals.  All liquid waste products were dumped directly into the Techa river, and eventually high levels ... READ MORE

Msimbazi River Action Network

Pollution lowers Msimbazi quality

Project Completion Report (PDF)

The Msimbazi river flows across Dar es Salaam City from the higher areas of Kisarawe in the Coastal region and discharges into the Indian Ocean.  Because of its location, the river ahs been an important resource for residents in the Dar es Salaam city i... READ MORE

Roro Hills: Legacy Asbestos Mines

Asbestos waste poisoning villages

West of Chaibasa, the headquarters of West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, lie the Roro hills, home to an abandoned chrysotile asbestos mine. The Roro mines were closed down in 1983 after Hyderabad Asbestos Cement Products Ltd. (now Hyderabad Industries Limited) decided that they were no longer profitable.

Nearly 0.7 million tons of asbestos waste mixed with chromite-bearing ho... READ MORE

Panki Katra Fly Ash Contamination

Panki Katra Fly-ash Bioremediation

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