Dzershinsk, Russia

Dzershinsk, Russia

Site Name: Dzershinsk, Russia


Pollutant: Numerous chemicals and toxic byproducts from numerous chemical-manufacturing processes


Population Affected: 300,000


Site Description:

Throughout the Soviet era, Dzershinsk was one of Russia’s principle sites of chemical manufacturing, including chemical weapons. Today, it is still a significant center of Russian chemical industry. Between1930 and 1998, an estimated 300,000 tons of chemical wastes were improperly landfilled in Dzershinsk and the surrounding areas. From this waste, around 190 identified chemicals were released into the groundwater. In 2007, the Guinness Book of World Records named Dzershinsk the most polluted city in the world. Over the last years, efforts have been undertaken to close down outdated facilities and restore contaminated land.

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