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Chemical Week, August 4, 1999

Copyright 1999 Chemical Week Associates

UN environmental monitors say they have found no evidence of widespread ecological damage from the Nato bombing of chemical plants and refineries in Serbia during 10 days of soil and water monitoring last month. Pekka Haavisto, a former Finnish environment minister who chairs the UN team, says it found "hot spots" requiring immediate action but not a "country-wide emergency." Haavisto says the destruction of the petrochemical and refining complex at Pancevo has exacerbated pollution (CW, April 7, p. 6). The study did not address air pollution exposures during the conflict: local authorities say 25,000 m.t. of fuel and 1,400 m.t. of vinyl chloride burned at Pancevo, sickening hundreds of residents and workers.

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