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BTF Danube River Technical Assessment Mission (21-28/8)

The mission left for Budapest on 21 August, where a meeting was held to brief BTF Danube River experts. (mission report in pdf)

The team of nine international experts from BTF started their work in Belgrade on 23 August to assess the environmental impact of the Balkans conflict on the Danube River (Press Release). This mission was organised in cooperation with the International Commission on the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR).

During this week BTF scientists visited potential pollution "hot-spots" up and down-stream of the Novi-Sad oil refinery, Pancevo industrial complex and a tributary near the Zastava car factory in Kragujevac. The team also visited the industrial complex on the banks of the Sava River in Baric and the Iron Gates dam on the border between Yugoslavia and Romania, where the Djerdap reservoir holds extensive layers of sediment that can absorb organic matter, and toxic and hazardous waste possibly carried down the river Danube.

In an effort to assess the environmental health of the Danube before and after the conflict, the scientists collected sediment and water samples. They also measured the accumulation of pollutants like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in living mussels, in order to get a picture of the possible toxic releases to the Danube in the hours immediately after the damage to industrial facilities.

Danube

Visited Sites

Novi Sad
Pancevo
Iron Gates
Kragujevac
Baric
Danube River Links

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