Thousands of tons of waste have been dumped at a plant that used to produce mining explosives in central Romania, the head of environment agency said.
Octavian Berceanu posted a video of the waste which was strewn around the Nitramonia, a bankrupt explosives and chemical fertilizer producer.
He said the waste was dumped at a pseudo-storing station at the plant in the city of Fagaras and could contaminate the soil.
„I am sure the Environmental Guard will have work in that area,” he said posting a video. The video was later unavailable.
“Leachate resulting from the fermentation of household waste drains into the soil,” he wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday.
It was unclear what activity, if any, is going on at the plant which was declared bankrupt in 2005.
Leachate is the liquid formed when waste breaks down in the landfill and water filters through that waste. This liquid is highly toxic and can pollute the land, ground water and water ways.
Nitramonia was sold to a consortium formed by US-based S&T Oil Equipment and Machinery and Chemtrans Austria in 2004 but the contract was rescinded as the purchaser didn’t comply with the sale terms.
The state then decided to reconfigure the industrial platform and Nitramonia was divided into eight companies.
It was declared bankrupt in 2005 by the Brasov Commercial Court. In 2007, it delisted from the Bucharest Stock Exchange.
It was established in 1935 and after World War II, it became the first Romanian explosives producer.
Nitramonia used to produced explosives, chemical fertilizers, inorganic salts and essential inorganic and organic products.