Uzbek ecology movement appeals to UN General Assembly over Tajik plant
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Sept. 7 / Trend D.Azizov /
The Uzbek Ecology Movement appealed to the UN General Assembly with protests against negative impact of activity of the State Unitary Enterprise "Tajik Aluminum Company" (TALCO) to health of population and environment, the movement reported.
The appeal undersigned by over 757,000 citizens, was handed over to the UNDP Tashkent Office by MPs from Ecologic Movement of Uzbekistan at the Uzbek Legislative Chamber elected from the Surkhandarya region.
The appeal calls for the UN to demand the TALCO to immediately implement a series of requirements.
The appeal calls to immediately suspend the TALCO's activities and carry out independent international ecologic expertise to determine damage to environment and fauna, oblige the TALCO to fully repair the damage done to public health and environment in the region for several decades of its activity.
The plant's modernization and equipping it with modern treatment facilities, which ensure harmless activity, were set as the condition for the resumption of the aluminum production.
The movement reported that the TALCO annually emits 22,000 tons polluting means, of which 120 tons are fluoric hydrogen. One ton of fluoric hydrogen is dangerous than 1,000 tons of carbonic acid gas. Bulk part of the hazardous materials are sent to Sariasiya, Uzun, Denau, Altnsay, Shorchi and Gomgurgon settlements in the Surkhandarya region, where live over 1.1 million people.
Population of these regions has to breath with air, including fluoric hydrogen and other dangerios substances.
The Surkhandarya region's residents and the Movement held meetings and protests. Information on the protests were posted on 120 websites around the world and has caused thousands of responses and comments that support the just demands.
However, the TALCO management ignores the problem, does not make the necessary outcome and the ecological situation in the region continues to worsen.
UNDP Resident Representative/UN Resident Coordinator Anita Nirody received the appeal. Nirody said the documents will be delivered to the UN General Assembly.