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A Toxics-Free Future


Moldova Country Situation Report

Country situation report on POPs in Moldova.

The report provides information on POPs sources in Moldova. Intensive agricultural use of cultivated lands in the Republic of Moldova included application of DDT and toxaphene. In the power industry and other industrial sectors, hexachlorobenzene (HCB) and PCBs were applied. It is also clear that dioxins and furans are generated as by-products of incineration processes. Key problems and priorities included very low public awareness of POPs-related hazards and an almost nonexistent monitoring of POPs levels in food and soils. Key routes of human exposure to POPs incorporate household use of empty packaging from POPs; use of construction materials from destroyed storages of banned and obsolete pesticides (including POPs pesticides); storage and application of unidentified pesticides in subsistence and farm agriculture (including application of pesticides without adequate protective gear); application of dielectric liquids from transformers and capacitors for household purposes; incineration of garbage and plastic items; and use of worn tires for heating and meat smoking.

Country situation report on POPs in Moldova

Habitat Regional Development Agency