Kyiv city state administration (KSCA) will develop the project of demercurization of the closed plant “Radical”, the access to the territory of the industrial site will be closed, reported the press service of the Ministry of energy and the environment.

“The primary task for today is to close the perimeter and limit people’s access to the site of the former hydrolytic plant. Next week we agreed to meet with members and find ways to resolve environmental problems”, – the press service quoted Deputy Minister of energy and the environmental protection of the Roman Abramov.

He also noted that are located near the plant houses, office space, market, cultural centre, while the figures of evaporation of mercury higher than the rate in 4-16 times on different sites.

In addition, KSCA begins work on the project of demercurization plant, plans to open bidding with the participation of international organizations specializing in such projects, said Abramov.

According to the adviser of the mayor Maxim bahmatova, in October, the city Council has allocated 4.3 million for the development of the project of demercurization “Radical” in 2019-2020

“This is a problem of national scale, which is complicated by the fact that in Ukraine there is no chemical plant or landfill for disposal of toxic substances. So the question of funding for treatment works must be resolved at the state level,” added Bakhmatov.

JSC the Plant “Radical” (formerly Kiev factory of chemicals, “Plant № 1000”; “factory of mineral fertilizers”) – ceased in July 1996, the activities of the plant for the production of chemicals located in the Dnipro district of Kyiv. From 1996 to 1998, all production was stopped without complying with the relevant rules and perform the necessary routine maintenance, dangerous chemicals have been left at the enterprise in violation of laws and without protection. During the inspection of enterprises in 1998, it was found that 60 hectares of the plant was kept Crimea will receive 134.6 tons of mercury, 109 tons of sulfuric acid, 44 tons of mercury sludge, 62 MT of hydrochloric acid, 12.5 MT of ammonia and 2,500 tons of other waste.

In 2000, “Radikal” was declared bankrupt and started the procedure to eliminate it. By the end of March 2002 at the plant remained 117 tons of oleum, sulfuric 109 t and 62 t of hydrochloric acid, 44 t of mercury-containing sludge of 12.55 tons of ammonia, 486 tons of sludge Solarstone, 3192 kg of solid radioactive waste and 2,500 tons of other industrial waste and chemicals. Until may 2009, the plant was collected and removed 120 tons of mercury (however, the amount remaining in the soil of mercury is estimated at about 200 tons).