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Poland to start weapons removal from Baltic seabed in 2015
May 26, 2014   
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Poland expects to launch next year the first, pilot operation of removal of the chemical and biological weapons dumped into the Baltic Sea after World War II, Poland’s Chief Inspector of Environmental Protection, Andrzej Jagusiewicz, has said.

It is estimated that the Baltic seabed is contaminated with some 65,000 tons of the Nazi Germany’s chemical arsenal dumped there by Britain and the Soviet Union under the 1945 Podsdam agreement.

Experts from the Warsaw Military University of Technology said that the weapon containers will be leak-proof until about 2150, but even at present some small leaks may be observed.

Moreover, the Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences has recently finished a EU co-funded CHEMSEA research project that took stock of the chemical and biological arsenal at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. It has managed to map the affected areas and concluded that the dangerous arsenal must be removed.

Poland will try to encourage other member states of the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission to participate in the 2015 pilot program.
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