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UNIDO official visits toxic chemical destruction facility in Bataan

Jun 30, 2018 @ 14:17

The top official of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has visited a state-of-the-art facility in Bataan province where the country’s stockpile of toxic industrial chemicals called polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) is being destroyed, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said.

UNIDO Director General Li Yong hailed the Philippines for having a non-combustion (NonCom) destruction facility for persistent organic pollutants (POPs), such as PCBs, during his recent visit in the place.

The facility is located inside the petrochemical plant of the Philippine National Oil Company-Alternative Fuels Corp. in Mariveles town. It is operated by the Natural Resources Development Corp. (NRDC), the DENR’s corporate arm.

He said the facility is “one of the examples of best practices in environmental protection.”

The NonCom POPs is a UN-assisted project that aims to assist the country in eliminating its stockpile of POPs, which are chemicals targeted for global elimination under the Stockholm Convention to protect human health and the environment from their harmful impacts.

The project involves the deployment and operation of a commercially available, safe and proven non-combustion technology for managing PCBs. The DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) is in charge of overall project management.

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