Obsolete pesticides posing Baltic threat
The Baltic marine protection environment commission (Helcom) has highlighted continuing pollution from stocks of obsolete pesticides even though 26 of the most hazardous substances are now no longer in use in any country bordering the Baltic Sea. The total amount of such obsolete stockpiled chemicals is unknown but thought to be in the region of hundreds of thousands of tonnes. "Many such stocks have seriously deteriorated and are currently a source of severe pollution," Helcom comments, noting that work is continuing to identify and safely dispose of them. See pesticides report.