Top Ten Most Polluted Places in the
This Top Ten list was compiled by the Technical Advisory Board of the
Blacksmith Institute, an environmental NGO based in New York. The
criteria used in ranking the include the size of the affected
population, the severity of the toxins involved, and reliable evidence
of health problems associated with the pollution.
The world's worst nuclear disaster took
place on April 26, 1986.
- Dzerzhinsk, Russia
A major Russian chemical
manufacturing center, which produced Sarin and other deadly poisons
during the cold war. Between 1930-1998, nearly 300,000 tons of chemical
waste were improperly disposed of.
- Haina, Dominican Republic
An urban area severely
contaminated with lead from a now defunct automobile battery recycling
- Kabwe, Zambia
The country's second largest city is
severely contaminated with lead from the mining industry.
- La Oroya, Peru
Lead, copper, zinc, and sulfur dioxide
from mining have contaminative the town.
- Linfen, China
Severe air and water pollution from the
coal, steel, and tar industries.
- Maiuu Suu, Kyrgyzstan
This former Soviet uranium plant
town is saturated with radioactive uranium mine tailings.
- Norilsk, Russia
An industrial city in Siberia founded
in 1935 as a slave labor camp, Norilsk is home of the world's largest
heavy metals smelting complex and is plagued by severe air pollution.
- Ranipet, India
About 1,500,000 tons of tannery waste
has accumulated in this town over the past two decades.
- Rudnaya Pristan/Dalnegorsk, Russia
contamination from an old smelter as well as the the unsafe transport of
lead concentrate from the local lead mining site.
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