UNDP says EUR 62mn needed to rehabilitate 9 environmental hot spots in Albania.

By bne IntelliNews June 7, 2010
Some EUR 62mn will be needed to rehabilitate 9 areas in Albania that raise serious environmental concerns, the UN Development Programme said in an in-depth study under a project for identification and prioritization of environmental hotspots in Albania, financed by the government of the Netherlands. The study allocated the major part of these funds, or EUR 38mn, to the rehabilitation of the ferrochrome smelter in Elbasan. Production waste at the plant, which has been operating since 1986, is a source of contamination for surface water in the area, UNDP said. The other areas include textile and battery factories in Berat, the pesticides dump in Rreshen and waste depots on the shore of the Ohrid Lake, among others. The UNDP also addressed the gaps in Albanian legislation related to ground water and soil protection, industrial pollution and the ownership of polluted sites.

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