Kitengela obsolete pesticides store in Kenya.
The Kitengela obsolete pesticides store is located in Kenya's Rift Valley province. It is used by the Ministry of Agriculture as a temporary storage facility for obsolete pesticides and other chemicals prior to their disposal. The store had for a long time been suspected to be a POPs hotspot, but no formal investigation had been done. The study found that the Kitengela site is contaminated with a wide variety of toxins, including POPs pesticides and POPs industrial chemicals that are covered under the Stockholm Convention. The chemicals were not arranged in an orderly manner-they had just been "dumped" on the floor, thereby increasing chances of cross-contamination and environmental contamination. The estimated weight of contaminated soil around the store is 400 tons, and the site is a potential health hazard to the local community.
Report: Kitengela obsolete pesticides store in Kenya
Photographic records and visual observations
Sampling for laboratory analysis
Daily Nation article, "How Kitengela was poisoned"