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UNEP Supports Clean-Up of Toxic Waste Dump in Sierra Leone

Toxic Waste Dump, Sierra LeoneNairobi / Freetown (Sierra Leone) – An environmental and public health hazard for the residents of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, has been contained following the successful removal of 93 barrels of toxic waste from a former oil refinery site on the city’s outskirts.

With technical assistance and funding from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Environment Protection Agency of Sierra Leone (EPA-SL) has supervised the clean-up of almost 12,000 litres, or 19 metric tonnes, of the dangerous and highly toxic substance, tetra-ethyl lead (TEL).

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