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Mercury concentrations at closed factory in Kyiv still exceed permissible levels

Source : 112 Ukraine

The premises are not guarded, there's even no fence around the territory of the dangerous area; in the summertime, the rate of mercury vapors exceeds the permissible level by 40 times
13:20, 11 December 2019

Remains of Radykal factory in Kyiv
Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry

Radykal factory in Kyiv poses danger to the environment. Ukraine's Ministry of Energy and Environment Protection reported that on Wednesday, December 11.

The experts measured the mercury evaporations, and it appeared that the rate exceeds the maximum allowable index up to 16 times. In summer, the maximum allowable rate is exceeded by 40 times.

The territory is contaminated; there are no security guards or even a fence around it, the Ministry reported.

The adjacent area is crowded with people; there are office buildings, a big street market, and Platforma Art-Zavod culture centre; it's a popular recreation area, where street food festivals are held annually. 

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"Our high-priority task for today is to seal the perimeter and limit the access to the basement of the former hydrolytic works", Minister Roman Abramovsky said.

Radykal factory is located in the Dniprovsky district in Kyiv. A secret Soviet military object was located there; local workers manufactured sights for the submarines. In July 1996, the enterprise's work was suspended; not all toxic substances were not removed from the area, and the territory turned into a sort of repository waste full of toxins.

Currently, this site is loaded with approximately 200,000 tons of contaminated constructions and lands.

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