Environmentalists such as Greenpeace say Dzerzhinsk, 450 kilometres east of Moscow, is the most poisonous town on earth, severely polluted with dioxins and heavy metals from the chemical waste.


Dzerzhinsk is a large centre of the Russian chemicals production industry. In the past, the city was also among Russia’s principal production sites for chemical weapons.


Dzerzhinsk made up to 500 chemical products (including pesticides and herbicides containing mercury), explosives, rocket fuels, plastic and chlorine products. High levels of dioxins were emitted into the water and the highly porous soil. The dumped chemicals made their way into the ground waters.


This story is part of Climate Change by NOOR.