Kalush in the Ivano-Frankivsk region in western Ukraine is declared an ‘environmental disaster zone’ and has received a lot of money from the national government for a clean-up. But instead of being used to improve the environment, the money have become a source for fraud and making money illegally.
Very little happens to the thousands of tonnes of hexachlorobenzene, but local businessmen have found a source of easy money. And the biggest environmental problem in the region is not the toxic hexaclorbenzene, but – as reporter Olha Skrypnyk found out in cooperation with Scoop-colleagues in other countries – a quarry from an old potash mine. The Ukrainian version was published on Jule 24, 2015.
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