Chemical spill at plant Titanium in Crimea: the Ukrainian Ombudsman has notified the UN about environmental hazards

Выброс химикатов на заводе Титан в Крыму: Украинский омбудсмен уведомила ООН об экологической опасности

Parliament Commissioner for human rights Lyudmila Denisova addressed to the Director of the United Nations programme for the environment Erik Solheim and regional Director and representative of the European office of the United Nations Programme for the environment Jan Dusík because of the release of chemicals in the factory “Titan” in Armyansk occupied. She wrote about this in Facebook.

“Urgently appealed to the Executive Director of the United Nations Programme for the environment Erik Solheim and regional Director and representative of the European office of the United Nations Programme for the environment Jan Dusík. Encouraged them to join the joint struggle for the restoration of the right of citizens of the Crimean Peninsula on safe for life and health of the environment,” – said Denisov.

She said that the residents of Crimea complain that the roofs of houses, metal objects and the flats formed oily coating yellowish hue, and the air is odor resistant acid, which prevents to breathe. The Ombudsman stressed that the occupation authorities of Crimea to hide real level of environmental risk.

We will remind, in the town of Armyansk in the North annexed the Crimea there was an emission into the atmosphere of substances of unknown origin. On metal objects, rooftops, on the leaves of the trees formed oily coating having a yellowish tint. First, the representatives of the occupation authorities did not recognize the problem, but on 4 September, “Crimean government” for the first time stated that the maximum permissible concentration of sulfur dioxide in Armyansk and nearby towns exceeded the norm. Children were evacuated, local residents encouraged to spend less time outdoors.

Sulfur dioxide, or sulfur oxide (IV) is a sulfur compound with the oxygen composition of SO2. Under normal conditions, this colorless gas with a characteristic pungent smell (smell of a lighted match). Very toxic. Symptoms of poisoning with sulphurous gas are runny nose, cough, hoarseness, severe sore throat and a peculiar taste. Inhalation of sulfur dioxide higher concentrations, asphyxiation, speech disorder, difficulty swallowing, vomiting, and possible acute pulmonary edema.

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