Date: Wed, 25 Feb 1998 19:18:20 -0500
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From: Arthur Martirosyan <martiros@LAW.HARVARD.EDU>
Subject: Toxic waste threatens health of people in Bishkek
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Toxic waste threatens health of people in Bishkek

Kyrgyz Radio first programme, Bishkek, 22 February 1998

Toxic waste products accumulated over decades at industrial plants in the capital, Bishkek, pose a real threat to people's health, Kyrgyz radio reported on 22nd February.

The report said that nearly 260 tonnes of solid compounds, more than 596,000 kg of liquid compounds and 1,300 kg of gaseous cyanogen and zinc compounds—dangerous for all living things—are in storage on the sites of plants and factories within the precincts of the city.

Ecologists propose to build a testing ground for industrial toxic waste products in an effort to alleviate the situation, it added.