Protest against Construction of Chemical Plant

2008 2008-02-09T01:43:02+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Dwellers of village Druzhny (Pukhavichy district, Minsk oblast) collected more than a thousand votes against construction a crop protecting agents factory and sent them to the President’s Administration.

As villager Maya Pauliuchenka said to BelaPAN, the local authorities decided to allocate a site for Avgust-Bel close corporation (owned by the Russian company Avgust) to perform design works on construction crop protecting agents factory.

The factory is supposed to produce toxic chemicals, pesticides, herbicides for agriculture, and recycle expired fertilizers from all over Belarus. It is to be constructed near the thermal power station-5. According to M.Pauliuchenka, the allotted site is being fenced, though permission hasn’t been received yet.

As ecologist Katsiaryna Hancharova, representative of public organization Ecodom, said to BelaPAN, the world practice shows the construction of such objects can lead to unpredictable consequences. So the pesticides production can cause dramatic growth of allergic, oncologic, lung and other diseases.