Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Siberia's pesticide dumps may prove a bigger hazard than nuclear waste

At Tegul'det (population 3,000), a village in the south-east corner of Tomsk oblast, it takes a lot to upset the residents, busy hunting, fishing and preening their vegetable patches, except during the six long winter months, when their only distraction is cutting holes in the ice on the river and fishing.

Nothing really bothers Alexei, a retired FSB (former KGB secret police) major. Not even the mound of earth that looms just next to his home. Yet 20 tonnes of DDT are buried there, between the settlement and the river Chulym.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/nov/27/siberia-pesticides-toxic-waste-pollution