Thursday, November 10, 2005

"Environmental contamination" in Iraq 

Apparently there are a lot of "contamination" problems in Iraq:
The U.N. Environment Program, or UNEP, has assessed five contaminated sites during the past 18 months to train Iraqi specialists to detect the risks, analyze harmful chemicals and eventually clean up such sites.

"We are still at the beginning," said Narmin Othman, Iraq's environment minister. "We have thousands of polluted areas, and we need millions and millions (of dollars) to clean them up....

The sites include chemical and petrochemical factories, mines, military scrap-yards and sites polluted by depleted uranium. Almost all the sites have been repeatedly looted after they were destroyed or bombed during conflicts, including the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the 1991 Gulf War and the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s.

I wish I could think of some follow-up questions that are left unanswered by this article. Call me a bonehead, but I can't think of a single one.


By Blogger Gordon Smith, at Thu Nov 10, 09:04:00 PM:

No kidding.

And I hear they found a lot of white phosphorus in Falluja.  

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