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Markku Aaltonen: The whole problem comes down to the cost of PCB elimination. Without effective laws and strict government control the mistakes will be encountered at any next step

Изображение Markku Aaltonen has technical experience in PCB management area since 1983, when he started his career at Ekokem Company (Finland) specializing in the processing of hazardous wastes. In the beginning the company would collect and export wastes for further processing to France and England until 1984, when the company started waste processing in Finland. Today the processing plant of the company accepts PCB containing equipment from 20 countries. At present he works in business consultation – he owns a small consulting company. Besides that, he has work experience in projects that deal with import, transportation, processing, and elimination of PCB containing equipment. In July Markku Aaltonen arrived in Kyrgyzstan as an international expert of the UNDP/GEF “Management and Disposal of PCB in Kyrgyzstan” during which he kindly agreed to give us an interview for the portal of Central Asia and Russia Network on Environment and Sustainable Development.

CARNet: Could you tell us please about your experience as a consultant dealing with PCB management issues. What projects were you involved in past, which countries and what were the achievement?
Markku Alltonen:
I have recently been involved and currently working at 3 projects in Kazakhstan (a WB project and two UNDP projects) on the PCB containing equipments and one project on persistent organic pollutants (POPs). In 1998-2000ss. I worked on the inventory of PCB-containing equipment in Russia. What have I achieved? If we go back to my experience at the Finnish company, I can give you the following figures: since its foundation we have collected several thousand tons of PCB-containing equipments and eliminated more than 10000 tons. In Russia I was involved at the initial stage of the project, where I carried out an inventory of PCB-containing equipment and also had an opportunity to work for awareness raising of population of the risks posed by these polluted equipments. The projects in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan are now at their initial stage and its too soon to talk about their results. I can only say that the ultimate goal here in Kyrgyzstan is disposal and elimination of certain part of PCB containing equipment. Through a pilot project we want to demonstrate how it should be done properly and lay path for other projects.

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Last updated: 2011-09-30 13:45:58

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