India government wants Germany’s GIZ to treat 1984 Bhopal wastes

08 June 2012 16:31  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--German government agency GIZ has received a request from India to help treat about 350 tonnes of contaminated earths left from the 1984 Bhopal chemical disaster, it said on Friday.

GIZ, a development agency focused on sustainability, technology and environment issues, has yet to decide at which facilities in Germany the decontamination will be carried out. The wastes are contaminated with pesticides and heavy metals.

First shipments of the wastes from India could take place in early 2013, it said. The estimated €3.4m ($4.3m) cost will be paid for by India’s government, it added.

The agency handled similar orders from developing and emerging countries for treatment of dangerous wastes in past years.

India does not yet have the capability to treat the Bhopal wastes, GIZ said.

The deal is in line with the Basel convention on hazardous wastes, the agency said. The convention aims to ensure that dangerous chemical and other wastes do not end up in poor countries that do not have the facilities and technologies to treat them.

($1 = €0.79)

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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